I was chatting with a friend who is a worship leader the other day and he was telling me about a guy at his church that approached him about helping out in worship. My friend informed him that there was a pretty big rotation of musicians for Sunday morning, but that the church could really use some help at a small recovery ministry that met on Friday evenings.
After spending a day “praying about it”, the guy told my friend that he would not be able to do the Friday ministry and emphasized that he really wanted to play on Sunday morning.
You’ve probably had similar experiences. There’s the musician in your church that is certain that if he/she could only play with the band, their playing would certainly take worship to a whole new level!
We have to be careful of those who are unwilling to serve in small ways. Even after you’ve “paid your dues” doing the not-so-glamorous worship gigs, we should never assume that we’ve arrived and not consider helping out when there’s a need.
I believe it’s those “I really don’t want to do this” things that makes God smile. We are most like Jesus when we are giving, knowing that we are getting nothing in return. It’s those moments when we’re serving simply for the sake of serving and not personal recognition. No money, no warm fuzzies, no important people saying “you’re great”.
It’s important to keep a balanced diet of service. Sure, sometimes we will get the opportunity to do great things. Praise God for them! But let’s not give up serving the least with our gifts.