Today at South Bay Church we started a new series called Servolution. Andy’s message was about the contrast between a “lazy boy” type of self serving attitude vs. a white towel attitude. And yes he did actually have a lazy boy on stage.
In his message he talked about a medical mission trip he went on to Equador several years ago. He was able to speak at night time, but he wasn’t trained for the medical tasks they were doing during the day. So he was assigned to clean the bathrooms; after hundreds of people had used them each afternoon. It was such a dirty and obscure thing to do. But he talked about that sweet joy and contentment he felt in his spirit, even doing such a dirty task with no recognition. It was the joy of serving Christ out of a heart of gratitude.
I was talking with someone after the second service who is new to our church. This was only her second week, and she was remarking about how much work goes into each Sunday service. (So few people have any idea how many man hours go into our Sunday experience. Its not all glamour and looking good on stage, it is a ton of work!) As we were talking I was reminded of one Sunday morning when I arrived at the school at 6:45am for set up. It was so early is was still dark outside, and it was pouring down rain. I had to unload my guitar and several other items, and of course as any woman can understand it is a hassle to be rained on when you’ve just done your hair and prepared for the day. I really didn’t want to get out because I knew it would be a soaking wet start to my 8 hour day of church. I was mentally preparing to make my way inside and help unload the truck out on a loading dock behind the stage.
But as I was sitting there in my car, my heart attitude was instantly changed as I thought to myself . . . this is why we moved here. I knew that some soul that day could receive the whisper from God that they have longed for all their life, and my heart was suddenly filled with joy and contentment. What would I rather be doing?
When I think of all the blessings Christ has lavished on me, there is no other response but offering my life for anything He wants. It’s not always an easy task . . . quite often it is the task no one else wants to do, like cleaning a bathroom, or doing manual labor every Sunday starting at the crack of dawn. But it is always worth it, because He is worth it. There is no greater joy than knowing your life is being used by God to reach those far from Him.