When you accomplish something, do you want everyone to know about it? When you perform a good deed, are you sure someone sees it? Do you like to be recognized for all your hard work during the week?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, don’t worry. It’s natural for us to want to receive credit for something we did. Who doesn’t enjoy a pat on the back or an “atta-boy” (or gal) once in a while?
There are plenty of heroes in the Bible. We all know the stories of Abraham, Moses, Daniel, David, and, of course, Jesus. But are you familiar with the names Shiphrah, Puah, Shobi, Makir, Barzillai, and Anna? How about the story of the servant of Naaman’s wife?
I assure you these are names that did not come up during seminary training. That said, each played a pivotal – and unsung – role in the harmony of God’s story.
Shiphrah and Puah were two brave midwives who refused to follow Pharaoh’s orders to kill any baby boy they delivered (Exodus 1:15-21).
Shobi, Makir, and Barzillai provided food and other materials for King David and his men while they were on the run from Absalom (2 Sam. 17:27-29).
The prophetess Anna was blessed to see the baby Jesus. Her testimony included speaking “about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:36-38).
After the soldier Naaman contracted leprosy, his wife’s servant girl (unnamed) informed her mistress that Elisha the prophet could cure Naaman. She pointed her master in the right direction, and this simple act saved his life (2 Kings 5:1-3).
We all have an unsung hero in our lives, don’t we? That person who has helped guide us when we never even realized it. It may have been a prayer on our behalf at a time when we desperately needed it. Or a teacher’s aide from years ago who taught us a shortcut to divide fractions. Or even a simple “thank you” from a customer to whom we served coffee.
Ultimately it matters very little what recognition we enjoy here. Everything we do is for the glory of God, and it is He who deserves all the credit in the world!
In His Name,