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Serving the Lord – Paid or Unpaid

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

profileA job worth doing is a job worth doing well (an ancient proverb attributed to no one in particular).  My dad use to tell me this while I was growing up.  He believed in it.  Have you heard it before?

One day – dad gave me the job of moving a pile of gravel from one place to another.  It was a huge pile of gravel but apparently where the truck dumped it wasn’t where my dad wanted it.  So there I was with a shovel and a wheel barrel and the heat of the summer!  To his credit he didn’t ask me to move it all in one day – just over the course of a week or so.  It was a hard task.  I have never liked working alone so I tried to imagine I had help (that didn’t get the job done any quicker – but I had my imaginary friends to help me pass the time).  Before you have me committed – I knew they weren’t there – it just helped pass the time!  It was sort of like playing basketball alone and imagining you had teammates playing with you (and Wes Unseld rebounds and passes to Earl Monroe who passes the ball to Ray McDonald who hits the game winner as the buzzer sounds).

Whenever I seemed to be slowing down – dad almost always seemed to be there to encourage me (or whatever he would have called it).  Maybe he was trying to grow me some muscle or something.  I remember him saying a few times that summer – a job worth doing is a job worth doing well.  I could have been like the little 3 year old on Facebook – but dad (Linda), dad, dad. Listen dad, listen, you’re not listening to me and said something about this job not being worth anything but I didn’t (I didn’t talk like that to my father).

Let’s translate this saying into church work.  Did you know that most church work – I would say more than half of all church work in most churches – is performed or done by unpaid laypersons?  I mean – some churches are staff heavy and a pastor or staff member who works between 40-60 hours a week is pretty time intensive.  If you have 3 or 4 such staff members – that is a lot of work done by paid staff – but I believe most church work is done by unpaid laypersons.

Without going into a long litany of what work they do I would like to encourage laypersons that work for the Lord in their local church to take head of this passage today.  Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  I would also encourage you to head the phrase my dad used – a job worth doing is a job worth doing well.  Too often some unpaid laypersons don’t take their task very seriously (at least that has been my experience).  Some Sunday School/Bible Study teachers don’t look at their material until they show up for class.  Some committee members merely show up – when they do – and do very little to prep if any for their task and little outside of the committee meeting (when they attend).  Some laypersons show up for the budget meetings or when something important is on the agenda.

Of course this is directed at paid staff members too.  I know some paid staff members who don’t seem to work as unto the Lord.  Let me suggest this passage for all of us serving our Lord in the church – paid or unpaid. Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.  Whether paid or unpaid – when we are working for the Lord – we should be doing our very best!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


March 18, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. It’s important to important to have a good work ethic starting at a young age. This includes being dependable by having your task done in a timely manner and to the best of your ability. God wants us to give our best in seeking his grace. Do not do things half-hearted!


    Comment by snoyes4310 | March 18, 2014 | Reply

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