Who’s That?

I love watching ‘Jeopardy’ each evening.  And while I miss numerous ‘answers’ I love to at least try.  Lately I’ve noticed contestants born after 1960 seldom remember the names of individuals (other than famous presidents, royalty, athletes, and entertainers) who made a difference in their world prior to their own birth dates.  Sobering perhaps that the contributions of so many worthy persons are lost in the annuls of time.  But like it or not, not many of us will be remembered ten years after our demise either, except by family and close friends, perhaps.

In my personal worship, I’ve run across the stories of 3 ladies who qualify as nobodies to history.  Yet, where would we be without the accounts of their actions (or faith)?  They have enriched our lives beyond imagination.  The woman, declared unclean by society had the faith and fortitude to reach out and touch the hem of Jesus garment.  This gives me hope that I am never so ‘unclean’ that He will ignore me.  The woman of Samaria, also declared unworthy by society, became the first ordained missionary to her people.  (If Jesus can’t ordain her, who can?)  And the despicable ‘lady of the night’ taken in the very act of fornication?  Thrown at Jesus feet in an effort to trick Him show us that regardless of how far we’ve fallen, He doesn’t rebuke, demand penance or walking on hot coals, but says, “Your sins be forgiven you.  Just don’t do it again.”

Whether or not she is the same sinner who later washed Jesus feet, we can’t be sure.  But we do know her story will be repeated wherever the gospel is told.  Name or no name, that’s quite a legacy.   God turned 3 ‘cracked pots’ into golden vessels to glorify His holy name throughout all time.

2 Timothy 2:20 Message para., Paul uses the following metaphor: “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters but waste cans and compost buckets–some containers are used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.  Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests for their blessing.”

The 3 female nobodies described above did just that.  They died never knowing the impact their witness would make on posterity.  So, does it matter which kind of container I am as long as I am fulfilling my God-given purpose on this earth?   Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me that God has a plan for my life.  That’s enough for me, just knowing I am fulfilling His purpose for me as either a silver chalice or a plastic trash can.  How about you?

 

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