Encouragement From The Word

For whom do you work?

Have you ever sensed that you were really busy at church?  It doesn’t happen just to pastors and ministry leaders; being afflicted with busyness can happen to most any committed follower of Jesus.

There is an organizational principle that applies to the church, sadly, as much as to any other group, and that is, typically, 20% of the people do 80% of the work.  If you’re part of the 80%, you’re probably oblivious to the fact; if you’re part of the 20%, you’re all too aware of it.

To be fair, there will always be some people who are better able to engage in the ongoing work of the local church, whether because of their stage of life or lack of need to work, or what-have-you.  And the church is grateful for such people, because without key volunteers who have the time to use their gifts to build the Kingdom of God, the church would not thrive.  No ministry can operate solely with even the most gifted and energetic staff.

Last weekend, a number of our committed St. Paul’s, Nobleton ladies were at the church, cutting squares to cater to an outside event.  At one level, they wondered whether there was any value in what they were doing; after all, it was for people who didn’t come to our church.  Yet one of them reminded the rest (and herself): “We’re doing the Lord’s work.”

What a wonderful perspective!  “We’re doing the Lord’s work!”  When we realize this, it can help us appreciate the value of what we do – not just for the here-and-now, but, potentially, for eternity!  Who knows but that some of those who came for that outside event might have sensed the hospitality of a wonderful Christian group, and may want to see what we’re all about some Sunday morning?  It’s the Lord’s work, indeed – even cutting squares, as unimportant (to some) as it might seem.

Do you look at what you do for the church – even what you might think of as menial – as the Lord’s work?  Give it a try.  It might put an extra jump in your step!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3.23-24, NIV).

By the way, this Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m., History Television in Canada will be airing a five-part series called “The Bible”.  Many ministry leaders are touting this to be a game-changer for millions of people in terms of their engagement with God’s Word.  I encourage you to watch it, and to encourage others to watch it as well.  It could start some great discussions, and I’ll be happy to walk with you through them!

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