It’s very easy to feel insignificant in a culture that makes celebrities out of entertainers and sport stars and which measures success by wealth, influence and power.
But the rules are very different in the kingdom that Jesus came to bring. In his kingdom, power is measured by service, success by faithfulness and true wealth can on-ly be stored in heaven.
Consider the early Church. Five hundred people bore witness to the resurrection of Jesus, a further three thousand were converted at Pentecost and fairly soon afterwards the Church had grown to around five thousand, and continued growing. But how many of these do we know about?
None of them had a Facebook page or tweeted. We have letters from a handful of them, and The Acts of the Apostles records the names and some sketchy details of a few lives. But many died without record or trace and with nothing known about their lives or their influence. Except, that is, for everything that is recorded by God in the Lamb’s book of life!
Your life may be extremely short in the great span of time and eternity, and your influence may seem very small and easily forgotten, but if you are a follower of Jesus, if you have put your faith in him, you can be assured that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life, rec-orded for all of eternity, and that God will reward you for every faithful act done in his name. Remember that Jesus said ‘whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me’, and to the servant who used his talents wisely, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.
Theophilus is the guy for whom Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. (Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1) Theophilus means ‘Lover of God’ so, if you love God, it was written for you.