To the Unseen Servants
To the Unseen Servants
When you arrive at the building on Sunday morning, things will most likely be happening as you expect them to. We will walk through unlocked doors into rooms that are already lit. We will gather in an auditorium that has been vacuumed and cleaned up for an assembly that will be well organized and flow smoothly. You will attend Bible classes in rooms that have also been cleaned, perhaps with supplies and handouts ready to go. Should a precious lost soul decide, “Today is the day I submit to Jesus in baptism,” they will do so with baptismal garments and towels that have been cleaned and hung in preparation for just such a moment. The water will be clean and warm, instead of slimy and frigid.
All of this (and so much more) is possible because of unseen servants. True, you could probably go through and name who many of them are, or at least make an educated guess. My point, though, is that they do these jobs without demanding a great deal of public acknowledgement. They do not need their names in lights or stated from the pulpit. They are content to do their jobs “behind the scenes” when necessary, without making any big fuss.
It is my belief that God has a special place in His heart for people who serve in such a capacity. In 1 Corinthians 12:21-24, Paul makes the following parallel between our physical bodies and the Body of Christ. “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, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty…But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it.”
There is a time and place for public honor and public service. Yet, there is an essential need for those souls and personalities who are content to be “unseen servants.” It is not an overstatement to say, “You are the glue that holds so much of our family’s work together.” We may not always physically see your work being done…but we would certainly notice if it were not. From your Christian family…Thank You!