Featured Article from Youthful Days
It was a busy day at London’s St. Pancras Station. Not that every day was not busy, but this day seemed exceptionally so as the queues at the ticket barrier built up, and the anxiety showed on the faces of the passengers at the back who wondered if they would be in time to catch their train. Many were no doubt regular passengers, puzzled at the delay and the length of the queue.
The cause of the delay, unknown to the passengers at the back of the queue, was a very diligent ticket inspector who was scrutinising thoroughly every ticket, prompting someone to remark as their ticket was examined, “You’re not the most popular man down here, sir!” The inspector quickly replied, “That’s not my concern, as long as I’m popular up there,” pointing up to his boss at the office window that overlooked the station.
There are times in our lives when we as Christians cannot always be popular too. If we want to be faithful to the Lord Jesus, there will be times when others won’t understand and may be irritated with us because they think we’re too fussy or religious. But what really matters in life is to be pleasing to the Lord, the One who, from heaven, is watching everything we do.
To live our lives for the Lord Jesus is one of the greatest privileges of being a Christian. It may involve reproach, it may involve loss of popularity, but what compensation for all who love the Lord to know that they are pleasing Him in what they do, and in the way they do it. When the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Christians at Colosse, he had a special word for the children when he told them, “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord” (Colossians 3:20). That’s always a good place to start!
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, … enter into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).
extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful