A Name On A Black Screen

 
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I love going to the movies. I love sitting and partaking in the stories, bonding with the characters, and being moved by the messages. But one of my favorite parts of any movie comes at the very end when the movie is all but over. As the black screen comes up and end credits begin to roll, the audience exits the theatre. But my eyes are glued to the screen. I don’t know what it is about seeing all those names, but I’m fascinated and even overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that are represented on that black screen. Each of the seemingly insignificant names play such a crucial role in the achievement of the overall product. And I think to myself, “Isn’t that kind of what it’s like to serve God’s Kingdom?”

One of the first things I learned rather quickly in doing ministry is that you cannot do it alone. It takes a lot of people to do God’s work. There’s always much to get done and never enough time. And one person’s gifts cannot diminish the need for the rest of the Body of Christ. Therefore, I used to think that the more people you have on board, the more likely your ministry is to succeed. However, a few years into ministry, I started realizing that there is something more important by which God sustains His church. I realized that in establishing His Kingdom, God actually desires to use a certain kind of person. It may be strange to hear at first, but I believe God doesn’t use just anybody. Rather, God delights to use those who come to Him with the genuine heart of a servant, a heart willing to do whatever it takes to serve and build God’s Kingdom. Herein lies the first question that anyone who wants to serve God’s kingdom must honestly ask him/herself: Am I actually willing to do whatever it takes to serve God and his kingdom?

Willingness To Do Whatever It Takes

Every Sunday, about an hour before service, I intentionally walk past one of our church rooms to be encouraged by a group of about six people that intercede and prays on behalf of the church and the service. Unseen and unknown to most of our church, I wonder in what ways God has moved in our church because of their commitment to cry out to Him week in and week out. Every Saturday, there’s a couple from our church who beautifully arrange the flowers in the sanctuary. Perhaps they’ll never be acknowledged, but there’s a joy you can see they experience in serving God and His church in this way. Every Sunday, one of our elders runs around the parking lot greeting people as they make their way to service. When we ask new members why they decided to become members of our church, many of them point to having felt so welcomed and loved by this elder’s greetings.

Many of us want to serve God, but we often forget that God calls us to small things before He can trust us with big things. When we ask ourselves, “Am I actually willing to do whatever it takes to serve God?” we’re asking the Lord both to point out anything we are honestly unwilling to do and to empower us to be able to faithfully do it. And most of the time, it’s the small mundane things that we are most unwilling to do. I remember once hearing, “Everyone wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.” The first step in following after God with a servant’s heart is to desire the willingness to do whatever it takes regardless of the size of the task. Faithfulness in God’s eyes is not measured by the quantitative value of our work but by the genuine longings of our hearts.

Willingness That Leads To Action

The second question we must ask ourselves is: How can I be serving God and His kingdom now? The willingness to do whatever God asks of us is the beginning of serving God, but we must allow that willingness to lead us into action in order to really serve Him. If we want to engage in Kingdom work we must be willing to contribute to the things we can be doing and faithfully do them. Whether it’s in the home, workplace, school, or church, we must find ways in which we can be serving God and His people. And as we do, God will meet us in our serving.

One of the ways in which I’ve experienced joy in this season is in serving on the parking team at The Meeting Place TMP. It’s something I never expected to be doing, but it’s been truly life-giving. Being a pastor, much of my serving happens in the forefront of ministry. But for the past few months I’ve enjoyed meeting with God in the parking lot. He’s given me new life and with it a newfound joy in just being called to serve Him. And I smile thinking about seeing my name on a black screen with the words “Parking Team” printed next to it, where I’ll have contributed to something of eternal value by living my life in service to God’s Kingdom.

 

 

Amos Lee graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Religion and is currently pursuing his M.Div at Talbot School of Theology. He is the youth pastor at Nachimban Church and lives in Gardena, CA.

 
 
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