If you’ve read my blog at all within the last half a year, you know that we launched a new church last April.
It’s been a huge undertaking, as you can imagine. There is so much more that goes into making it happen than just showing up on Sunday. Of course, we fully believe that God is building this church, so there is great comfort in that.
However, it takes a lot of volunteers (I prefer calling them servers or team members). We’ve stated before that no one at our church is on salary (maybe one day we will be able to offer a little to pastoral staff or something, but for sure not for at least the first year).
What that means is that everything that is being done is being accomplished by volunteers. After sending out an email to our leadership team this morning, I was reminded just how important everything they (we) do is.
I had a guy playing electric with our praise band a while back. He was a good guitarist, but was having trouble getting his parts down this particular Sunday morning. I hate feeling unsure about things before a service starts. So he was trying to reassure me, and said, “None of it will matter in an hour anyway.” He meant that once the service was over that day, it wouldn’t matter.
At first I kinda smiled and chuckled in agreement. Then it hit me. . . His outlook, albeit well-meaning, was completely wrong. All of it matters. And it matters for eternity. What we are doing — every effort we give, minute we spend, everything — is making a difference in eternity.
Of course mistakes will be made. (Sshh, don’t tell anyone, but I occasionally make them myself!) But we should give our absolute best in all of our efforts because we don’t know who God is going to send through our doors and how our actions/efforts might effect the decisions they make about Jesus.
So, if you serve in your church/community/home/whatever, know that IT MATTERS! What you do matters for eternity.
Our co-pastor has quoted this a couple of times in his messages. It is from a local radio morning show and seems so appropriate to this discussion:
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important, because
I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving something I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss;
good, not evil; success, not failure;
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.