“Crankshaft and camshaft sensors. I didn’t know that these sensors existed until we spent a few hundred dollars replacing them on my step-daughter’s car. For quite some time those sensors went about silently doing their work, along with the others parts of the engine, ensuring that her car made it safely down the road. They did their task so well, they went unnoticed; that is, until they ceased to work. In spite of my shortcomings in automotive knowledge, I think I comprehend enough to notice some very real parallels between the workings of a car and the church.
You see, each and every day there are people in our churches who are ministering. Sometimes they minister out in the open, and their skills are praised. The public observes those individuals’ capacities, their importance, and the impact of their work, just as everyone knows the significance of the engine. Others however, labor tucked away in an obscure location, with most people oblivious to how vital their work is to the purpose and mission of the church. Like the crankshaft and camshaft sensors, they perform a task whose importance is less than apparent. They clean, cook, mail letters and notes of encouragement, decorate, visit, and do a host of other things that offer little to no audience and very little opportunity to be appreciated. We show up to church and see the bulletin board has been changed, that the bathrooms are clean, that the dwindling coffee supply has been replenished, without thinking that all of this is because of someone’s service” (Justin Simmons, http://www.char.is/2015/08/03/the-parts-we-take-for-granted/).
Every healthy church has disciples who serve in various quiet, behind-the-scenes kinds of ways. We have them here. Perhaps you are one of those secret servants. Please know that your efforts are invaluable to what we are trying to accomplish for the kingdom of God. You are making more of a difference than you think. Thank you for your selfless service for our church family. We couldn’t do it without you!
God loves you!