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by Dalton Key
for the week of March 29, 2020

 A few years back, a small-town reporter gave an unusual excuse for his abbreviated, barely-there story.  He explained, “First, nothing happened.  And second, what did happen happened to people who don’t happen to want everybody to know what happened.”

There are always those who are quick to point an accusing finger at the lifelessness of the church, where, as they may say, “Nothing is happening!”  Yet, beneath the congregational crust, in the day-to-day lives of sincere, consecrated members, a great deal is happening!  The church’s hardest workers are often those least inclined to publicize their own good works.  Because of their Christ-like humility, they don’t “happen to want everybody to know what happened.”

Those murmurers who criticize the local body for being dead and lifeless are too often failing to see the true picture.  They fail to see the godly couple, who for years have taken food to an elderly sister.  They don’t know about the good members who regularly visit the nursing homes and hospitals.  The critics haven’t heard of the white-haired couple who spend long evenings, often into the wee hours of the morning, teaching an eager neighbor the Gospel of Christ.

No, these and scores of other good works go on right under our very noses.  But we want something more sensational, more expensive, more publicized.

Matthew 10:42:  “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”  Christian brother or sister, before you sit in the critic’s chair, before you pronounce the local church dead, look a bit deeper.  You may be diagnosing no one but yourself!