I was reading Dr. Andreas Kostenberger’s biographical sketch of Dr. D.A. Carson, and I was moved by Dr. Carson’s words concerning his father’s death. He wrote:
When Dad died, there were no crowds outside the hospital, no notice in the papers, no announcements on the television, no mention in Parliament, no notice in the nation. In his hospital room there was only the quiet hiss of oxygen, vainly venting because Dad had stopped breathing and would never need it again. But on the other side, all the trumpets sounded. Dad won admittance to the only throne-room that matters, not because he was a good man or a great man, but because he was a forgiven man.
How many of us who know the Word and strive for fidelity to the Word could find true freedom in our ministries if we would not strive for the praise of man, but for the praise of God’s glory? Stay faithful, and don’t quit, even when people ignore you or even criticize you for wasting your time in ministry! They may run you under their bus and forget you over time, but your reward will be great in heaven (cf. Matt. 5:11-12)!