I went to Fort Wayne, Indiana one day this week to spend some time connecting with the staff team at Pine Hills Church. They are one of the larger churches in the FEC organization that I'm working with to get my new church started. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit in on their staff meeting. The meeting began with a few introductions, and then their lead pastor, Mike Drury, asked each person from the staff team to share a quick ministry highlight from the week before.
As each person shared, I was encouraged by how God is working through Pine Hills. People shared stories of life change, of people giving their lives to Christ, and of God answering prayers. But my favorite response came from a guy named Seth. Seth is the facilities manager at Pine Hills. He was one of the last to share that morning. He started by saying that he didn't have any amazing stories of people coming to Christ or anything along those lines, but then he went on to share about how the church recently had to have several HVAC repairs. He shared that there was a member from their church who had partial ownership in a HVAC company, and that through that relationship, they were able to save about 60% on the repair work. Then Seth said that he was so grateful for the money they saved because that's more money that can go back into the ministry, more money to invest into seeing people's lives changed.
I was so impressed with Seth and his Kingdom of God mindset. Seth's job is not a glamorous one. It involves a lot of grunt work, a lot of behind the scenes work, and a lot of work that frankly most people wouldn't want to do, let alone know how to do. Yet not only does Seth do it well, he does it with a sense of calling. He does it because he understands that he is a critical part of the mission of God at Pine Hills Church. He knows that it takes a variety of different tools to make up the tool set, and that in order to get the big job done, you need the whole set.
Paul teaches us something very similar in 1 Corinthians 12. As the Church, we all make up the body of Christ. Just as the human body has many parts that all make up one body, so it is with the Church and the body of Christ. I love what Paul writes in verses 15-20 of that passage. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
I am thankful for Seth, because he gets it. He gets the truth of this passage and he's teaching me to get it too. We need each part of the body, no matter how big or small, to be complete. My hope is that no matter who you are, or what role you play in the life of the Church, that you would see that it is a critical one. Staff or volunteer, up-front leader or behind the scenes helper, lead pastor or facilities manager, we are all needed and all equally critical to the body of Christ.
So what about you? What is your role, and how is it making an impact on the Kingdom of God? Always remember that what you do matters, no matter what you do.
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