The Manhattan Project was a top-secret project during the World War II, designed to develop the atomic bomb. The power released by this bomb brought WWII to an abrupt end, saving the lives of thousands of military personnel.
Some projects are secret because they are not yet completed. Sometimes the workers do not have a clear idea of just what they are doing.
For instance, I once heard of a child who was drawing a picture of God. When asked, "What does God look like?" the child replied, "I don't know. I haven't finished the drawing yet."
What a shame that so often people blunder on through life, working hard at something, striving to be of significance, when all along we don't know what we're working at.
Other projects are secret because they simply are so undermanned that the impact of a very good, significant project is hardly recognized. Our focus today is on one of these.
The Jonathan Project is a project in God's service. The personnel involved are caring people. The objective of the project is to carry out in our day that which Jonathan did when he "went to David in the wood and strengthened his hand in God." 1 Samuel 23:15-16.
David? You know, that fellow who got on the bad side of the king and had a contract put out on him. He got into this rumble with a huge dude called Goliath. He used an unorthodox method to defeat his opponent (who would think of using a slingshot to fight against a spear and sword?).
The press got wind of it and David became an instant celebrity. He was touted on all the big TV shows: Larry King Live, Oprah and the rest.
King Saul tried to kill him with a spear. Fortunately, Saul had failed to sight in his spear and missed. David ran for his life and ended up in hiding.
Jonathan, now, was a different case entirely. He was next in line for the throne if only he played his cards right.
There were politically correct things to do in those days, too, you know. It's just that, well, Jonathan didn't quite fit in the way most people did. He cared for and about David. He demonstrated that care by seeking David out in order to encourage him. One thousand years before Paul wrote it, Jonathan lived out the admonition to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ," Galatians 6:2.
Do you know someone who is in the woods now? Someone who has some major trauma in his or her life? Who seems to be alone, facing a struggle with no one to care?
A member of the Jonathan Project is one who takes or makes the time to become an encourager to such a hurting person.
Will you give a bit of yourself to someone today someone in pain, in need, in sorrow?
You may not get any public recognition. You may never make Larry King Live. Your face and name may not get any public recognition. Your face and name may not be in the Clarion.
Your best friends may not understand what you are doing. But Jesus said, "Inasmuch as you have done this unto the least of these my servants, you have done it unto me." And beside that, God remembers even drinks of water when he gives rewards for service rendered.
Now, where do I sign on?
Charles Thornton is associate pastor of Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna. Sunday worship is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Bible classes are at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
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