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Ministry Doesn’t Need Recognition

By Don Loftis | 03.06.13

Soon after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they found themselves in conflict with the Amalekites.  As the army led by Joshua fought, Moses went to the top of the hill with the rod of God.  As long as he held it up, the army of Israel prevailed, but when he put it down, the Amalekites prevailed.  When Moses became weary, he sat on a stone and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, and Israel won a great victory (Ex. 17:9-13).

Many times we fail to appreciate or even notice the people who serve behind the scene.  We rarely hear the names of the president’s advisors.  We never meet the lab tech at the doctor’s office.  We don’t contemplate the farmer’s tireless efforts, while we shop at the grocery store.  Yet, their obscurity does not minimize their importance.

The local church is no different.  Where would we be without those who prepare the Lord’s Supper, drive our bus, serve in Bible Hour, copy tapes, and chaperone youth events.  Do we know those who pack boxes for Disaster Relief or care packages for Healing Hands?   Delivering Meals on Wheels, serving a meal after a funeral, or taking groceries to a hungry family are private but powerful expressions of love.

Only a few of us are visible and audible on a regular basis.  However, everyone and every ministry is important.  Every contribution is useful to a congregation’s spiritual health.  Few may ever notice, but God sees it all and never forgets.  Aaron and Hur were helping Moses, but they were serving God.  Ministry in the church is just like that—not for recognition but for the glory of God.



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