Where shall I work?
“Where shall I work today dear Lord?”
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then the Lord pointed out a tiny place
And said, “Tend that for me.”
I cried aloud, “O Lord not there,
Why no one could ever see
How well my work was done.
Not that little place for me.”
When the Lord answered, He was not harsh
He answered me tenderly, “Tell me precious child of mine,
Are you working for them or for me?
Nazareth was a little place and so was Galilee.”
~ Stanley Singleton
This poem is written on a large stone monument right in the middle of Oneida Baptist Institute in Oneida, KY. It’s message is very powerful. How many times in our lives do we feel God calling us to serve Him in a way that no one will know what we’re doing it? Is there a neighbor who needs help or a ministry that needs some behind the scenes people? How willingly do we sign up for tasks that we know will give us no recognition beyond the person we are serving?
We spent last week on mission in Oneida helping the church reach out and share the love of Jesus with their community. We did service projects in the morning, soccer clinics in the afternoon and VBS in the evenings. Oneida is a very small community with a population of about 1,500 people. But just because the community is small, doesn’t mean that our work here there was small. We ministered to the pastor of Oneida Baptist Church and to several children who came to the park for VBS. We helped organize and paint in the Friendship House, a clothes shop that sells used clothing, books, shoes, etc. to the community for just 25 cents. We helped the lady in the gift/craft shop make gift bags to give to the new OBI staff to welcome them. These may seem like small unimportant tasks. But we must remember that everything we do is to be done for the glory of God. It doesn't matter if we are ministering to 15 or 150. It doesn't matter if anyone notices the work we are doing or not, because when we listen and obey God's leading our work will bring glory to Him.
We never know what God's calling on our life will lead us to do. We may think that what we're doing is insignificant or doesn't really matter. So what if we build a ramp at a pastor's house, mow some grass or do VBS for 25 kids. Sometimes we think that we have to go to another country to really make an impact for God. However, no service done in the name of Jesus Christ is ever wasted. Our service last week made an eternal impact in the lives of 3 children who accepted Christ. Plus seeds were planted in the lives of many other children and adults.
It's wonderful to accomplish great things for Christ, but sometimes God's greatest works happen when we join Him in the little things. Showing God's love can be as simple as a smile or saying hello. It can be pushing little kids on the swings or blowing bubbles. It can be sitting down beside them during Bible story or dancing to the music during worship. It can be holding someone's hand and getting sprayed with water with them when they're a little apprehensive. Everything we do matters to God.
So where will you work for God today? Are you willing to go to the small places and do the seemingly insignificant work for Him? Are you working to get recognition from others or for the glory of God?