Honoring Those Who Serve and Minister in Obscurity

I read some things this morning that reminded me of the importance of those individuals in the Body of Christ who are never seen (they don’t have a microphone or a podium in front of them) and/or are hardly noticed… but are nonetheless valuable and so necessary for the proper workings of a viable & healthy church (Cf. 1Cor. 12:18-23). May I express a sincere “Thank You” to any of you (and to all of you) who serve & labor in obscurity – and are seldom affirmed by people like me. The world may not notice; even your brothers & sisters may not seem to notice, but the Lord sees all, and He will reward your faithfulness. “For the Lord is not unrighteous to forget you work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Heb. 6:10).” Indeed!

The Lord is just as concerned about the little tasks – the seemingly ‘unimportant’ or ‘mundane’ – being completed or accomplished, as He is about the “great” or seemingly important. And so, for those of you involved in what you might consider to be ‘the ministry of the unnoticed’, let me encourage you to remain faithful and to “…despise not the day of small things” (Zech. 4:10). Who knows if the Lord is testing your faithfulness? Perhaps the Lord is preparing you for a greater work, for He Himself said ~ “The person who is faithful & trustworthy in very small matters, will prove to be trustworthy in great ones…” (Luke 16:10).

I read the following poetic verse this morning. May it bless you as it has me: “Moment by moment, step by step, one by one, day by day, little by little: Let me be a little sweeter – make my life a little bit completer – by doing what I should do every minute of the day. Let me toil without complaining, not a humble task disdaining.” (Marie Taylor)

In conclusion, the Apostle Paul has an important word of ‘exhortation’ for each of us: “Do all things without murmurings or disputings, that ye may be blameless and harmless – the sons of God, without rebuke – in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life…” (Philippians 2:14-16a).

Jesus – the light of the world – is on display in our lives; let your light shine: the world is watching!

“But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’. On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable, we bestow the greater honor…” (1Cor. 12:18-23a, esv)

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