Sometimes ‘our’ ministry or place of service can seem rather insignificant. Maybe you have wondered if you are even making a difference. After all, it is just a “small” ministry. Thankfully God’s Word declares that there are no small ministries or unimportant aspect to the local body of Christ, the church.
Growing up in a pastor’s home I had opportunity to be involved in several aspects of ‘ministry’. From teaching and preaching to children’s ministry, bus ministry, to grounds work, and more! My first year at Southwest Baptist in OKC was a culture shock for me. I went from being involved in everything to being limited to 1 ministry my freshman year. At that, I was only helping in 6th Grade Junior Church once a month!
Determined to get my ‘ministry fix’ I started showing up early Sunday morning just to see if there was anything I could do to help... there usually was. Clearing ice from sidewalks, picking up dead bugs that collected in front of the doors overnight, and other seemingly small jobs. Through this I got to know a dear saint named Larry Booth (pictured above). He usually directed me where to go. I wish I could consider myself to have a servant’s heart, but my efforts paled in comparison to this faithful man. It was all the ‘small’ stuff, the ‘insignificant’ things he worries himself with: light bulbs, sidewalks, toilets, and more. I am convinced that Southwest lost one of its most key men when Bro. Larry passed away toward the end of my Freshman year.
To save on fuel, I usually stayed at the church Sunday Afternoons and worked on school work. One Sunday afternoon, Bro. Larry saw me and offered to let me in the church where I might be more comfortable. I still remember us having a good chat from my truck to the foyer. In just about a half hour, Bro. Larry would be dead, and I had no clue. He went to change a light and accidentally fell. That day I called 911, and saw one of the most faithful men of God pass on to glory. He died as he lived, serving. The small things he did everyday made a huge impact on my life.
To this day, I still have a Bible his wife gave me, and it is a treasured item. I am reminded that service for the Lord is not in vain, and no job done for the Lord is “small” or insignificant.
1 Chronicles 9 tells us of a group of men who ministered at the temple in seemingly insignificant roles... they were the porters. They were the gate keepers of the temple, and there were surly more glamorous jobs in the work of the Lord besides this. But as Solomon said, “the little foxes, that spoil the vines” (Song of Sol. 2:15), it is the little stuff that can make or break an individual or an organization. As important as the work of the priest was, it was in vain if the people couldn’t get into the temple or if the area became unruly. The porters were very important and needful.
Small jobs, like making the shewbread, guarding the storehouse, and gathering the firewood for the altar all seemed insignificant, but they were SO VERY IMPORTANT. Without these small jobs, the work of the Lord would have ground to a hault.
What ministry has God called you to? There are no small jobs in the ministry, and I am thankful God taught me that through a servant like Larry Booth who treated the small stuff like it was big stuff... because it was! Determine to take your area of service to the next level. “Does the place your called to labor seem so small and little known. It is great if God is in it and He’ll not forget His own. Little is much when God is in it. Labor not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown and you can win it, if you’ll go in Jesus name.”
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Chronicles 9 - 11
1 Chronicles 11:3
Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.