Thursday, September 18, 2008

Servant Saints Who Don't Need Spotlight

The Kingdom of God is made up of loving equipped saints that roll up their sleeves and work.

William Carey changed the history of India. He was a brave courageous missionary. A speaker once remarked that we don't have missionaries like him anymore. Someone else noted that Carey's sister lay paralyzed in bed for fifty years and could only articulate few words. Propped up in bed, she wrote lengthy letters encouraging Carey and prayed continuously for him. This person mentioned that if we don't have missionaries like Carey, it could be because they do not have prayer warriors like Carey's sister.

Quiet, work behind the scenes is needed desperately in churches, non-profit ministries and in meaningful works throughout the world. Yesterday I spent the day organizing files and entering data into databases for over 8 hours for a ministry in my church. The need was critical and much appreciated.

I'm convinced there are servants being called to the hidden, necessary tasks and there are ministries needing these saints. I throw this dilemma out to you.

Is the void of workers in place the fault of reticent workers?

Is there a communication problem within the church, ministry, etc?

Generations past had an unction to help in the mundane, no glory positions with diligence and faithfulness. Is this another one of those generational sins of self-centered egotistical spot-light hungry folks we must face and repent?

I am concerned about this as I hear the laments of people in the mission fields locally and globally. I am starting up some new ministries and I will need to solicit workers. I am the worker in some instances and I am now moving into the leadership end of this issue.

It took a long time for me to find my fit as a worker in my church. I personally believe there are many workers full of inspiration, but not knowing how to connect their offering to the appropriate need.

Send in your feedback...I need your insight.


Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Oh Kay....I think you are so on target with this post! I feel that God has me in some of those "hidden, behind the scenes" positions in His work. So many of these positions lie vacant because many people have been programmed to think that unless there is glory and fame attached to something it is not worth pursueing. I love how you have brought out the opposite in today's post!

God bless you Sister!


Dorothy Champagne said...

You hit the nail on the head with this one. We have gotten into the mindset that we need the glory for what we do - we've forgotten that it should ALL be for God's glory - period.
Thank goodness for all the behind the scenes people who keep ministries running - that includes the prayer warriors. Thanks for the reminder that this is an issue...

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.