There was a work bee this morning, out at the barn where
my boys and I ride. The place was literally "buzzing" as chain saws cut
fence posts to length, skill saws sliced through boards for new stall
doors, hammers pounded 4 inch nails into jump standards, and the tractor
carried junk to the back of the property.
I was pulling rubber mats out of the barn laneway and piecing them together in front of the barn door when it occurred to me that I had a rather insignificant job. But then, so did everyone there. Everybody's job seemed kind of insignificant in the grand schema of all that needed to be done!
By the end of the morning however, the barn was clean and child-safe, the riding rinks were enclosed, and the entire farm literally sparkled. A job well done, and all because each of the busy workers did one to two seemingly insignificant jobs!
But then, we had worked together, hadn't we? Each of us had taken the specific instruction from our "supervisor", the owner of the barn. She had assigned those to the chain saw who had chain saw experience, and those who knew how to build, she had put on the new stall doors. People like me, who have no specific building skills, had been given the scrubbing and cleaning jobs, and we had all worked together, in harmony.
Perhaps this was the secret to making all of those insignificant jobs come together into a beautiful picture!
Is this what Jesus meant when He prayed for unity among His children? "I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (John 17:22-23 NIV)
And is this what Paul meant when he spoke of unity in the church? "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body…it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body…But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…As it is, there are many parts, but one body." (1 Cor 12:12-20 NIV)
Have you ever felt that what you've been given to do for the Lord is kind of insignificant? There are those lucky few who have been given the glorious job, like, say, going on a missions trip to Africa. You can't go. You can't get the time off work! So you get left behind.
In this situation you have a choice to make. Either you can stay behind and sulk, cursing your boss and those planning the missions trip because they didn't plan it at a time of year when you could have gotten off work. Or you can look around and see what else you could do for the Lord! Perhaps He is calling you to help out in the Children's programs, or maybe the worship team needs a new keyboardist!
Whatever it is, friends, when we all work together in unity, doing what the Lord has called us to do, the work will get down, and the end product will be beautiful.
There were many others who had been asked to come to the work bee this morning, but only 20 or so actually came. Imagine how much more we could have accomplished if everyone would have shown up?
And imagine how much faster God's work would go forward if each and every Christian in the world today was willing to humbly submit to the task God has tailor-made for each of us?
Friends, I'd like to participate in God's work bee. Will you join me?
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two teens, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, and the Scriptural Nuggets website, www.scripturalnuggets.org, with Answers2Prayer ministries, www.answers2prayer.org.