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Hidden Heroes

In the final chapters of 1 Chronicles we read the names of many people who served King David and the nation of Israel. If you are familiar with the Bible you will recognize several of the names. We read the names of David’s mighty men, the names of those who served as captains of thousands of soldiers, the names of temple musicians and singers, along with the names of those who had very public positions within the nation.

Then in 1 Chronicles 27:28, we read the name of Joash. Joash was in charge of the storehouses of oil. This was not the most glamorous or popular job in the kingdom. Some of the others listed in these chapters were national heroes while others were most likely literally applauded for their efforts. Joash, on the other hand, had a job that sometimes took him to lonely, isolated places because the storehouses of oil were scattered throughout the country.

However, Joash’s assignment, believe it or not, was one of the most important in the kingdom. You see, oil was one of the most precious commodities in Israel. Oil was used to anoint and consecrate the kings, priests and prophets of Israel. It was used to anoint all of the furniture and utensils that were used in the temple. Oil was used for medicinal purposes, for fuel to light the lamps, and for cooking. Oil was also used to condition and maintain the shields of the army of Israel. Oil was vital to the security and daily life of the nation. And, one man, Joash, was in charge of the nation’s storehouses of oil. The nation, as a whole, more than likely did not know Joash or anything about his assignment. But, his family knew and more importantly, the king knew. Apparently, Joash was faithful in his service to the Lord, the king, and the nation.

There are many well known pastors, preachers, Bible teachers and ministries in the world today. However, the vast majority of those who serve the Lord are like Joash. They will never sell millions of books. They will never have a church with an attendance of thousands. But, like Joash, they will faithfully serve their church, their ministry and the Lord.

Jesus is our King. We serve Him with all our hearts. You may serve the Lord in an isolated, lonely place. You may serve the Lord in an area where you and your fellow believers are persecuted for your faith. Jesus knows your name, He knows where you are and how you are serving Him. Be faithful to the end and the Lord will present you with the crown of glory. Serve the Lord with all your heart and you will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” May God bless you in every way as you serve Him. You are His hidden hero.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

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First of all, my apologies to everyone for how long it has been since I have updated this post. There are many excuses, but I suppose, no good reasons. Church ministry has been extremely busy for the past couple of years and especially, this year of 2020.

We have added a Facebook page for the Amen Ministry. I hope you will follow it as well. My wife has done a wonderful job keeping it updated with sermons. I will, Lord willing, do a much better job with personal posts.

It appears that although this blog has not been updated in some time, many people are still reading previous posts. I am humbled and grateful. I pray that you will be encouraged and edified as you serve the Lord and live for Jesus.

Two words that the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart for 2021 are obedience and joy. Many of us serve the Lord out of love and even duty. There is nothing wrong with serving the Lord out of a spirit of duty. However, are we serving Him with joy? Our joy and peace are definitely being tested. You may be emotionally and physically exhausted and spiritually dry. The Bible tells us in Nehemiah 8:10 that the joy of the Lord is our strength. May we serve the Lord in 2021 with complete obedience and joy.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

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