Silent, Selfless Splendor

Larry Ray Hafley
Plano, Illinois

Upon the blessed bliss filled plains of the paradise of God there will be many whose names we have never heard and whose deeds were seemingly never known or noticed. Theirs will be the reward of selfless sacrifice, that "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."

The spirit of self exaltation and glorification makes it easier to act when the applause and approval of men will be the result. When brotherly acclamation and party accreditation are the motivation for activity, then the Lord's statement rings clear to those that will hear -- "They have their reward."

Barak, "who through faith subdued kingdoms," was one who labored for God without any thought of self esteem. Deborah told him before he began his dangerous, arduous warfare that he would not receive any personal fanfare "notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not he for thine honour" (Jud. 4:9). Still, Barak went.

We need his kind today. Heaven will be full of them.


October 22, 1970