My typewriter is rather old, but it works qxite well—except for one key. Trxe, all the other keys fxnction fine, bxt as yox can see, when one key isn’t working properly, the final prodxct is greatly affected.
And so it is in God’s kingdom.
You might say, well, I am just one person. My contributions aren’t terribly important in the overall scheme of things. I don’t sing. I don’t preach. I don’t teach. I am not the head of any department. I am not as important as others to the cause of Christ.
But that isn’t true, my friend. Just because you aren’t as visible as others, doesn’t mean you aren’t as important.
After all, God’s work isn’t limited to what happens when church is in session. The majority of God’s work is done when church is dismissed, when the lights go out, when no one but God is looking.
As demonstrated by the Good Samaritan, God’s work is fulfilled one-on-one, loving our neighbors as ourselves, doing little things that make big, big differences in the lives of those around us.
Little things like: hugging a hurting child, having lunch with a single mom or sending a card to a friend in crisis.
How much applause we get from men isn’t important—unless we’re working for an earthly reward, or course. It is how well we do our job that will matter in the end.
So the next time yox feel xnimportant in God’s great big family, jxst think aboxt my typewriter and say to yoxrself: I’m jxst as important as anyone else. And if I don’t fxlfill my role properly, the finished prodxct will be greatly affected.
“For we are labourers together with God.” I Corinthians 3:9
This article first appeared in Signs of the Times magazine.
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