At the end of every television show and movie, a list of credits comes across the screen. Sometimes they move so fast, it’s impossible to read them all. Sometimes the credits are so small that even if they moved slow enough the words aren’t big enough to read.
Hundreds of people work to entertain us for a 30-minute sitcom or a full-length movie. Behind every great show are a large number of skilled individuals who serve and support various parts of the production. They tirelessly work long days so the stars can shine. They know that their work will likely be under appreciated and unnoticed by those watching the show. But they do it anyway because they love being a part of creating something new. They enjoy serving on a team creating something larger than themselves.
The same is true with God’s kingdom. In churches and ministries around the world, millions of people serve tirelessly to let those who don’t know Jesus hear of his grace. Faithful servants provide care for the hurting, the needy, the lonely, and the disenfranchised. Believers serve the functions of churches and Christian organizations to promote and maintain their ministry. Christ followers use their gifts, abilities, talents, and experiences to make the good news of God’s love known to all.
These millions of faithful Christian servants will likely never be recognized on earth. Credits will not roll across a screen at the end of their project. The Lead Pastor and musicians on stage may receive credit and recognition for a well done service but those behind the scenes are as important as those in front.
For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. — 1 Peter 2:15-16
Peter, a disciple of Jesus and author of several New Testament books, writes that it is God’s will that we be faithful servants. God desires that we humbly serve others. A model Christ-follower should strive to be a help to those around them. Humble service is more than volunteering to help clean the church building or work in the church nursery every once in a while.
Humble service is a 24/7 attitude. It’s a mindset. We have our minds set on being faithful servants at home, at work, or in public settings. We want to be model citizens in our community and model employees at our jobs. God’s plan for you is to be a submissive servant of Christ at all times. When we live good lives according to God’s will, we “silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.”
In other words, unbelievers see Christ in us when we faithfully serve others.
(This is an excerpt from Gene Jennings' new book, “Discovering God’s Plan.” It’s available on Amazon.com.)