Role Models And The Unsung Heroes
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 03/9/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
"Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him." (Matthew 21:31b-32)
There are going to be some pleasant surprises in Heaven. Who will be there? Who are going to get the great rewards? Who are the ones that Jesus will say, "Well done good and faithful one..." (Matthew 25:23) While here on earth we seem to think that the only ones who got ministry right are the world famous Christians, or the pastors with mega churches and not to mention this faces we seem to see in the 'Christian mainstream.'
But heaven will be reserved with rewards for some very specific people who have done outstanding work you never hear about.
"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:1-4)
I feel sorry for the world famous Christians or the popular ones who have an audience of millions when they do good deeds. If their motive is wrong, nothing will be waiting for them up there. But I can't wait to see those anonymous Christians who do great things that no one ever heard about. I wonder if it will include those multi millionaire Christians who pump millions into the ministry and you don't know them because they just look like your average Joe. They do their work secretly and no one ever knows and sees or hears about it.
Than there are those who have given up so much time, food, money, energy, life for the sick, poor, starving, bereaved, tortured, down trodden... We don't know them. You never hear about them. They are there nonetheless doing a grand work of God and no one knows it.
Oh, and we long for the day when we see the ones who have invested more in us than we could ever imagine. There are the ones who we couldn't repay or give any compensation for their priceless investment in us. They were there when we were in the dark pit with no one to help. They are the ones who were there when everyone else left. They are the precious, chosen few, the remnant who believed in us no matter what, even when we thought we couldn't go any further. God, we long for that repayment, righteous retribution, for those who kept us going in the heat of the battle, in the midst of the storm, against the adversity! Oh God repay them! We love them!
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God."