(originally written 7 feb 2009)
If you’ve never read the book: Ben-Hur, I commend to you to do so. The movie Ben-Hur is good (an understatement) but of necessity leaves out much important information. If you don’t wish to purchase a copy, by all means download a plain-vanilla copy from Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org). That’s where I got my copy. I’m not done reading it, yet. But I noticed something in the Fifth Book, where the protagonist comes into a considerable sum of wealth. His steward informs that with such wealth, Judah Ben-Hur could do anything. But he suggests one particular thing: the Messiah is deemed to be poor, though a king; would it not be good for Judah to use his wealth and training to provide the army the Messiah would undoubtedly need?
That they have it wrong is part of the story; I bid you read it for the details. As a historical drama, it is every bit as thrilling as the latest Tom Clancy.
But think: we need not have great wealth to place in our Lord’s service, nor great skills. We only need to be willing to place what we have in His hands, to do with them as He bids us.
What do you have? What can you do?
You can give and do your best.
Yes, you can!