Friday, July 1, 2011

The Book of Judges - Elon

It is Friday and time for our series through the Book of Judges.  Today we have another so-called minor judge.
After him, Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel. He judged Israel ten years. And Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.  Judges 12:11-12 NKJV
We know less about Elon than even the other minor judges.  We do not even know about his family.  We know he was a Zebulunite, he ruled for ten years, and he was buried in Aijalon. There is nothing that I can write about his life or any message I can glean from his life.  And I think that actually is the message. 

I mean I am sure there is much that happened in his life.  He was the judge of Israel for ten years, ten seemingly business-as-usual years. Apparently, nothing was tremendously remarkable.  That is how it is for most of us.  I know we all have our stories and we all try to make them seem larger than they are.  I am no less guilty of that than anyone else.  In the grand scheme of things, though, we are unremarkable.  Our names are permanently recorded in some government and commercial databases along with some facts about our lives, but nothing that will make a history book.  I am sure that if the Lord should tarry that a century from now, children will not be reading about Ben Sukovich in their history books.  That is true for just about all of us.  From the world's perspective, for all by an extremely few of us, we are unremarkable will eventually be forgotten by the world we were a part of. 

Now that I have depressed you all, let me get to my point. The fact is that while it may seem we do not have much of an earthly story in the grand scheme of things, we may have a glorious heavenly story.  What I mean is that while the things we do may not effect the world, we do affect lives.  In fact, we affect lives eternally.  I believe that when we get to heaven we will see people we ourselves barely (if at all) remember meeting, but we said a kind word, planted a seed in sharing Jesus, gave them money or food when needy, or maybe they even overheard us talking about Jesus to a friend.  In some way, those brief encounters we have can have huge impacts.  Think of your own salvation story and all those little things that led you along the way to where you finally accepted Jesus.  Think of how many nameless heroes of the faith touched your life in some way.  I am sure we all have similar stories.  Just as those little things were all part of God's plan of leading you to the Gospel, so are we to others.  What we perceive as chance encounters are really appointments set by God before the foundations of the earth. 

And so on this Friday before we all get to enjoying our holiday weekend, think of the many lives you will touch this weekend.  Whether it be a family you are seated near in a restaurant, a toll taker on the highway, the man who makes your coffee, or the cashier who rings you up, each person we come into contact with is a chance to share Jesus by our words and our witness.  In any given week or weekend, that is a large number of people.  Let the light of the Lord shine through you, always.  Who knows, maybe that witness you show today could be the last thing that person needed to come to the Lord.  Who knows, maybe that seed you plant today can be a great missionary, pastor, worship leader, or teacher tomorrow.  We may never know about them on earth, but we will have an opportunity to learn just what impact our witness may have had on the lives of so many others. Good fruit begets more fruit which begets more fruit.  Just think of how many lives can be touched through just one person saved by your witness.  No, most of us will not make the history books, but we are in an even more important book.  We are all the Lamb's Book of Life, and there is no history book that can ever top that, and there is nothing better we can do for someone else than to share with them that they can be there too.
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands [it], who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  Matthew 13:23 NKJV

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