This may be my favorite post of the year:
I was looking for a song that I liked from my teen years. When I found it I saw the name of the recording artist. I couldn’t remember their name. I can’t say that I ever knew their name. They were a “one hit” artist. They never recorded another hit song and they disappeared from fame after this one song that hit the chart.
Many groups have experienced this – they come and go with only one hit song. It doesn’t mean that they weren’t great musicians. It only means that they hit the charts for a moment. Many great musicians don’t ever accomplish that much.
When we think of people in the Bible, we often think of the main characters – Moses, David, Joshua, Peter and Paul. These men had repeated input to God’s Kingdom. But what about the “one hit” people? Were they any less significant?
As we carry out God’s will, are we trying to be massive influencers, one hit leaders, or are we simply doing what we are called to do? Whether we make a “hit” or not is really not important. It’s the character that we walk out in the course of our life that may or may not lead to a “hit”. Walk with God and let Him have the glory.
Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.