After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. – 1 Corinthians 15:6
Meditation: Are you one of those people that wonders just what your role is in the Kingdom of God? I have often met people, especially those who have lost much, that wonder what they are doing here. They do not readily see their purpose. If you are one of those individuals, then I have good news for you. You are not alone and your purpose may be simpler than you realize.
Do you have a garden? If not, then I would recommend starting one. The Bible is filled with natural examples that are more easily understood in their context. Either way, I think you may realize the need for ground cover. Ground covering plants such as grass, vines and many weeds serve a useful purpose. They at least keep the earth from washing away, and they often add needed nutrients and mulch to allow other plants to thrive.
Most of us are destined to be ground cover, providing humble service to future generations. Though nameless to others, we fill a vital role in the Kingdom. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he described what some call the first confession of faith. In this description, the Apostle mentioned how when Jesus arose, He appeared Cephas or Peter and the other Apostles. Then Paul says that the Lord appeared to above five hundred at once. At the time of Paul’s writing, He said that many of these were still alive.
This humble group witnessed the risen Savior yet we do not know their names. They are saints yet otherwise their memory is all but forgotten. Why are they mentioned? It’s simple. We needed to know the scale of Jesus’s witness to the faithful. Though largely unknown to us, they certainly formed part of the early church and witnessed to their experiences. They supported the Apostles and many of them would have personally experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
Call to Action: If you are a church leader, I believe you have a special obligation to praise those fellow laborers in your local church. For an example, look to the final chapters of the Epistles of Paul. He regularly named saints who quietly labored with Him in various cities.
If you feel low or insignificant, then realize that even the humblest stone, the humblest blade of grass in the Kingdom serves a critical purpose. You hold us all together and provide the basis of the Church. Without you, we would be hindered and troubled by the floods and winds that threaten the plantation if God. The greater part of God’s children are yet alive witnessing to the next generation of what God has done in their life. Take root in today and leave a legacy for tomorrow.