A pastor friend serves a congregation in an isolated corner of northern Canada. For almost twenty years, he’s delivered godly care, well-researched messages and inspiring Bible studies to his little flock, while employed full-time.
His pastoral salary hovers around zero. Words of appreciation are few. Yet the lamp in his study shines late into the night as he prays for inspiration and pours over Bible commentaries preparing sermons for Sunday. For all this work, he may see only a half-dozen at Sunday service.
As the town loses its mills and jobs, this pastor’s congregation dwindles. But he continues on the path of excellence. He does it for the few who will benefit from his toil. But more than that, he does it because God is listening to his sermons and Bible studies. In the end, what we do for people matters less than what we do for God.
Are you underappreciated? Are you labouring on a project or in a job that yields little thanks? People may overlook your talents and disregard your input . . . but God doesn’t. Keep investing your time and gifts. Do it in the name of Jesus to bring praise to the Father. Whether in prison like Paul, in danger like Peter or unnoticed like my pastor friend, we keep on because there’s much more to life than temporary appreciation.
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17