Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sunday Snippet - True Greatness


Thanks for your birthday wishes for my granddaughter. Her birthday party was enjoyable, and as is usual for many guests of honor who are turning one, she had no clue what was going on. As far as a one year old can reason it out, she probably was wishing that we'd all go home. But she did enjoy her cake!

It was good to meet today with the people of God , to once again praise our God, as well as share in our grief over our slain friends (see last post), who we've in times past been pleased to have come to our church to minister, whose prayer letters we've read for many years, and whose niece and nephew are members of our body. Many embraces and tears were shared with them today.

These two dear saints whose passing we mourn, would fit into a description of greatness by J.C. Ryle which I've read time and again. Indeed, I would include their names in the list of those given by Mr. Ryle in his commentary on Mark 10:35-45. Friends, these are the people whom I look to as heroes:

"...true greatness does not consist in being an admiral, or a general,--a statesman, or an artist. It consists in devoting ourselves, body, and soul, and spirit to the blessed work of making our fellow men more holy and more happy. It is those who exert themselves by the use of Scripture means to lessen the sorrow, and increase the joy, of all around them,--the Howards, the Wilberforces, the Martyns, the Judsons of a country,--who are truly great in the sight of God. While they live they are laughed at, mocked, ridiculed, and often persecuted. But their memorial is on high. Their names are written in heaven. Their praise endureth for ever. Let us remember these things, and while we have time do good unto all men, and be servants of all for Christ's sake. Let us strive to leave the world better, holier, happier than it was when we were born. A life spent in this way is truly Christlike, and brings its own reward."

So today's snippet is a tribute to these two well spent lives.

10 comments:

Mimi said...

what a beautiful post in memory of your dear friends...
and as servants of all for Christ's sake, we should strive to leave the world better, holier, happier than it was when we were born. As your friends certainly did !

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Ah, to live life as a servant for Christ's sake will bring reward. Even in this sorrow, I rejoice knowing they are seeing and experiencing the riches of Heaven and being held by the strong arms of Jesus their Savior. It is what kept me going when my first husband died... hope... our point of destination. One day all those who know Jesus as their personal Savior will be there. Like the old hymn goes, "What a day of rejoicing that will be!"

Mishel said...

What a beautiful post Maxine...I've been praying for the family of those killed and for you too. Blessings to you!

Beka said...

Beautiful words, and so true. This definitely applies so well to our friends... "truly great in the sight of God."

Beverly said...

I really, really think this quote is perfect. Wow. I might share that, if you don't mind. It fits them so well.

Cami said...

Sunday, September 2nd, was the 22nd anniversary of our firstborn's birthday, who died when she was four days old. After she went Home, God called my husband and I out in a very humbling--and let me say it, humilating (you can't be humiliated unless you have pride, I must have loads) way. Your snippet from J.C. Ryle states it so well, I can't tell you how it blesses me!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Maxine, I hope you don't mind, but I just posted on one of my sites, (Anna's Place) and shared about your loss with a link to your site. God bless my friend and I am continuing in prayer and will bring this request to our Prayer Meeting Group at church tonight.

Francine said...

Maxine ... it is so good to have the time to come and visit for a while. Your blog is so wonderfully beautiful and full of wisdom. I'm blessed.

Maxine said...

Cami, all I can say is that the Lord has been using you since then.

Welcome back, Francine, I sur
e have missed you. Glad to see you're posting again.

Susan, I'll be leaving a comment at Anna's Place. Thanks for caring about this so much. I'm being intentionally vague--not giving names or specifics about this because it's the internet. You can imagine that it's a sensitive issue and why.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Yes, Maxine, I rec'd your comment there. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. Just so you know, our prayer meeting group at church, even though small, is praying in earnest. Where 2 or 3 are gathered...