Sunday after Sunday, I have the same thought.
Sunday after Sunday, I forget to put it into words.
There is this guy at our church that inspires me every single week. He doesn’t sing (that I’m aware of). He doesn’t play an instrument or lead worship. He doesn’t stand up and preach (at least not verbally). He doesn’t run the sound, lights, usher or speak a word. Sadly, I don’t even know his name.
What he does speaks to me every single week. After our worship team is done and as the Pastor takes the platform, he appears from behind a door. He quietly moves on the stage, sets up a stand, places a bottle of water on it and puts the makeshift pulpit on the stage. Then he quietly disappears to his seat somewhere among the rest of us.
And this speaks to me. Every. Single. Week.
I wish you could see this guy. I am sure he doesn’t think what he does has any impact on the service. He has no idea what a ministry he has.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
This is the sermon he preaches each week while never saying a word.
Every Sunday when I see “this guy” do what he does, I’m reminded that we are all given different kinds of gifts. We’ve got an incredible worship team. They sing like I could only dream to sing. Jae Sims is our worship leader and he has ministered to me like no other worship leader I have ever heard. The guys rock the guitars and make me wish I would have taken lessons and practiced a lot. The people who do the sound and lights and video and usher and greet….all important. All great.
And then there’s this guy….the one that does something that needs to be done and does it so well.
He preaches a sermon by his actions and he thinks no one notices.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27)
What I enjoy about “this guy” is that he is fulfilling his purpose. Again, I don’t even know his name. His “sermon” is short but the message is strong.
Do what God designed and gifted you to do.
Do it with joy.
Do it even when you don’t know others are watching.
Do it even when you don’t feel 100%.
When you use your God-given gifts, that thing that comes naturally, you’re doing so much more than a job or duty. You are bringing Him glory. You are inspiring others to do the same.
There’s this guy that preaches a sermon Sunday after Sunday and never says a word.
Makes me stop and think about the sermon I am preaching today by my actions.
How about you?