How often do we thank our service men and women for their service in the armed forces? Anytime someone is in uniform or shows a USAA insurance card, they are waving their flag for our country. They need the encouragement and the prayer support of their fellow brothers and sisters to show we are united with them and support and appreciate each of them.
But, how often do we thank the janitors at our church for their service to God? Do they not also need the same encouragement and support as you and I? Do they serve a lesser place in the kingdom because of how they are specifically called right now? Matt Chandler’s (President of the Acts 29 Network and Pastor at The Village Church) first job was as a janitor in a church.
So often we are feeling in a “less than” place in our lives. We tell ourselves “I am less than because of my position,” or “I am less than because I have less than others,” or “I am less than because my ministry isn’t as big as others.” Hear this today: God doesn’t create anything less than another! We are each fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) in the image of God. Do our lives look different, yes. Are we each called differently, yes. But there is no “less than”.
Know that you are seen and you are loved for who you are, not who you desire to be. Janitors, executives, addicts, criminals, housewives, hurting and lost, we are all children of the one true God who loves and delights in us. He weeps for our sin, he rejoices in our victories and he cheers us on in our “church janitor” phases.
No matter where you are in your walk today, remember that you are seen, you are known and you are loved. Encourage your brothers and sisters today. Pray for your family in Christ, known to you and unknown. Look for the invisible people in your world.
Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 115:1 – To you alone, O Lord, to you alone and not to us, must glory be given because of your constant love and faithfulness.
John 6:37 – Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away.
Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as while as wool.”
Psalm 149:4 – For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.