At church one Sunday I was listening to the musicians play their instruments and the singers cover ranges I dare not attempt. I was in awe of their abilities. Some of the songs sounded just like the radio versions.
I have often been tempted to envy their skills and the public-ness of their gifts and talents. Sometimes I am in danger of believing that their abilities are more important than others (like mine) because they are so public. I can see the value of their gifts as they help lead the congregation in worship through song, reminding us of God’s greatness and love for us.
I have to remind myself that public gifts do not equal more important gifts. I actually don’t know whether singing on stage does more for God’s kingdom than setting up communion, cleaning bathrooms, taking dinner to a neighbor, or sending a kind note. Only God knows the results of each activity.
I do not desire the spotlight but I can easily be tricked into believing that my gifts are not important because they aren’t obvious or public. I can believe the lie that I have to become a public or well-known figure in order to have a meaningful impact in my community.
Doing invisible work runs the risk of feeling unneeded, mainly because there is no accolade or prestige in it. You can faithfully serve behind the scenes for years and your contributions may not be known by 90% of your congregation or community. However, we must always remember that we are all serving an audience of one.
God knows. God sees. He gave you your abilities for such a time as this and has a purpose for where you are and what you are doing. Do everything for God and look to him for your accolade and reward. Trust that he will do much with the little you surrender to him. Your contribution is needed and appreciated, even if you never hear the words from another person’s mouth. Don’t give up.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9