Today’s bible study is a really interesting one, in the sense that these people’s deeds were not obvious or rather their deeds and accomplishments were so obscure that there wasn’t much reference about them at all. I was confused at first when I first read about them. I tried all I could to find something about them but nothing significant.
Have you been part of a group that was inaugurated to carry out a very definite and important task.
Every member of the group contributed tirelessly to the success of the project, and then at the end of the completed task, your efforts wasn’t recognized when roll call was taken or at worst your name wasn’t even submitted or included in the final group membership list?
How did you feel? What plethora of emotions ran through your being?
Did you get angry? Accused the company or the leader of the team of being selfish and inconsiderate?
Retired yourself voluntarily from the company?
Fought for your right?
Or simply keep silent while others enjoy the shows of applause, handshakes, recognition, award and reward.
Now imagine you were that one person?
What will you do? Just take a moment to think about it? What will be your reaction if you were that one person?
Let’s move ahead to our Bible character study for today
We all want to do big things for God and be recognized. Who wouldn’t?
We want our light to shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our father who is in heaven, isn’t it so?
Imagine someone who wrote a bestselling Christian Inspirational or Motivational book, the fame and the recognition that such person attracts. Who wouldn’t want that, you can pretend you don’t really care but the truth is – recognition and fame is part of the core of our makeup as human, we shouldn’t spiritualize everything.
We all want to do big things for God, we want our names to be reckoned with a great work we did to resonate in Heaven. It is not a bad desire to want to do and accomplish great things for God, after all we are surrounded by men and women in the body of Christ accomplishing amazing things for God and we rejoice with them.
What then happens when you seem not to be noticed in your niche of work, especially those that look so insignificant that you felt you aren’t pleasing God or that God is really mad at you by reason of your little contributions.
Let’s examine one of the three people who I’m definitely sure they would have accomplished great things for God but we knew little of them and what they did.
Simon the Zealot
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (NIV) -Matthew 10:2-4
Simon (not Simon Peter – one of those interesting characters) was hand-picked by Jesus Christ himself to be a disciple. He was present with the 11 apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ ascended to heaven. He may even have been the first disciple to see the risen Savior.
The Scriptures tells us almost nothing about Simon. In the Gospels, he is mentioned in three places (every scripture that the disciple of Jesus is mentioned, his name was among) but only to list his name with the 12 disciples.
In Acts 1:13 we learn that he was present with the 11 apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ had ascended to heaven.
Although his accomplishments remain unknown to us today, Simon may simply have been overshadowed by the more prominent apostles. Even still, being named among the twelve was no small achievement as I feel that Jesus wouldn’t have called him to be among his disciple if he wasn’t going to be useful.
It baffles me when I read through the gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) and even through the epistles of the Apostle and yet none was credited to being written by him. Does it mean he wasn’t as effective as other disciple? I don’t think so
In fact, when Jesus sent his disciples in twos on an evangelistic mission, Simon was among. I felt God is trying to teach us that all his sons and daughters are not going to be popular and well known.
There in the Scriptures, we read about amazing deeds carried out by awesome people (you find a list of them in the book of Hebrews chapter 11). God by his Spirit wrote their biography for us to learn from them but then are some just like Simon the Zealot, James the less, Mathias(who replace Judas Iscariot) and others whom I believe God wrote their biography too but perhaps find them too precious to share with us.
Therefore, we shouldn’t seek to do popular deeds for God, rather we should seek to do the will of God whether it will make us popular or not.
Your usefulness is more important to God than your popularity
Because you aren’t appreciated doesn’t mean you should stop doing what God has called you to do
No matter how you might felt, God sees your labor of love towards him no matter how insignificant it might seem to you or people around you
Hi guys! This post was written by Immanuel of www.thedreamlodge.wordpress.com. He kindly granted my request in the First post in this series that he write about someone in the Bible and share his insight with us.
Thanks Immanuel. Go on guys and check out his awesome blog and get ready to share your insight with us.