Blog Or Not To Blog? — #121
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Hebrews 1:4
I doubt very much Abel realized the far reaching impact of this one single action. He probably didn’t wake up that day thinking: “Today will be a day that will become a part of Scripture and impact countless people for thousands of years to come.”
No, I think he woke up that day facing it just like any other day he faced before. I’m sure he had his own hopes and dreams. I’m sure he had his ups-&-downs. He struggled with himself and his sin much like the rest of us do. And yet, somehow he just kept on doing what he knew God wanted him to do.
The Scripture doesn’t open up a very wide window into the family relationship between Abel and Cain. Wouldn’t you love to know more? I would.
I’d also love to know more about the family dynamics of Yeshua and His family. It does seem there was some distance, at least during the years of His ministry, between He and His family. Apparently Joseph had died sometime along the way. Most likely Yeshua had to step into that family role. But thankfully, His impact did touch His family — though more so after His death.
Both Abel and Yeshua are wonderful examples and role models as to how to hang in there and stay faithful to the end. Neither of them saw, as we now see, the lasting fruit of their lives. But yet, being “dead” they still speak.
So, why did they (and countless others) do what they did and keep at it even to the point of death?
We can say, obviously, for Yeshua that He knew His Father intimately, had a heart devoted to His Father, and wanted to serve Him. He wanted His life to count for God. Yeshua expressed all this beautifully in one succinct moment in time: “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34
It’s fair to say pretty much the same thing for Abel. In one brief moment in time, his life was destined to be remembered in the lives of God’s people as a living (and dying) example of what it means to “do right, even if the stars fall, do right.”
That brings me to this blog and what I want to say.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve written over a 100 blogs. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing blogs for over two years. And, it’s probably something I never would have done if I hadn’t become a part of the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement. It’s almost like I wasn’t freed up to even consider such a crazy thing until now.
Why am I still doing it? It just seems like it’s pointless, fruitless — perhaps.
I’m very aware that not many, if hardly any, people read or will read my blogs. Every time I write I do feel like I’m writing into the air.
But yet … I still keep writing. I’m not sure if that says I’m being faithful or just plain stupid.
However, I’m glad, very glad, that I do keep writing. Truthfully, it’s like something inside of me keeps bringing me back to write. In other words, it’s not of me but something that, at this point anyway, is within me … if you can sense the difference in that. I have to write. I want to write. I write because I do think this is what God wants me to do.
I want to be like Abel. I want to be like Yeshua. I want to do what ever it is that God wants me to do … whether I see immediate results or not.
Aren’t you glad Yeshua kept at it? The results during His lifetime didn’t reflect the lasting impact of His faithfulness. The same with Abel. He didn’t see the lasting results of his actions. But yet his faithfulness also still speaks to us today … in this blog even.
Can I hope that someday … maybe long after I’m gone … a small portion of what I have written will bless someone in ways I never could have imagined? I sure hope so.
Well … there it is.
Father, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”