Saturday, April 8, 2017
"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here . . ." — Abraham Lincoln
You don’t often think of Abraham Lincoln on the eve of Palm Sunday, but I do. What President Lincoln said that day rings very true for Christians in response to what Christ sacrificed for us—even us. Lincoln went on to say that the world would never forget the men who lost their lives at the battle of Gettysburg in his "Gettysburg Address" and in that he was correct. However, the world did note in a big way and it did long remember the words spoken that day, and in that, Lincoln was wrong. He said we wouldn’t remember because he believed that what he said was so far overshadowed by what the soldiers who died had done by sacrificing their lives for a cause in which they believed. President Lincoln goes on to say, "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced." In this, too, he was correct.
For me, the import of his words today call those of us who claim the title "Christian,” those of us who are living now-- "to be dedicated to the unfinished work" not of the soldiers who died but of the Christ who rose. It is He who calls us to dedicate ourselves to His unfinished work, to continue to love, to care, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to bring comfort to the sick, and hope to the imprisoned. The world has never forgotten Christ although far too often its people live as if He never lived, died, or rose from the dead. So very, very many "little note, nor long remember" who Christ was, how He lived, why He died, or that He still lives and calls us to Him. It is for those of us who do remember, who do care, and who do dedicate our lives to completing His unfinished work—to live each day, within its circumstances, in obedience and availability to His call. Not to do some great and magnificent work that the whole world will hugely note and long remember, but in a far off place where none can see—to give one cup of water to one thirsty child in the name of Jesus. We who do remember must do the little things for the little ones that need us. It is all He asks. It is He who will long remember and that is all that counts. Amen.