When a church leader of a large congregation had a moral failure and had to leave his church and the ministry, I read a blog about the incident. The writer of the blog — another well-known Christian leader — wondered who would take his place and what new large church would step up into the limelight. It struck me that we are consumed by hero worship and size even in Christian circles. Yet, the church moves forward more by those we’ll never know than by the stars of church work. In fact in the USA there are 450,000 protestant churches. Only 1,500 of them are 2,000 and over. Yet that’s who we focus on.
Wonder where I am going with this based on today’s passages? Well the pages mention those that are either in the background or helpers to those that are leading.
1 Samuel 26, 6 Then David asked Ahimelech the Hethite and Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, “Who will go with me into the camp to Saul?” “I’ll go with you,” answered Abishai.
Here we see a man by the name of Abishai who immediately volunteered to accompany David on a dangerous mission. He was David’s nephew, and we see him come and go in David’s life. He was an accomplished warrior and leader, but his name does not come to our lips immediately when we think of great people in the Old Testament. Without Abishai David would not have been the leader he was.
When we read the Acts 18 passage we see four people mentioned… Paul, Apollos, Aquilla and Priscilla.
Acts 18: 26 He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.
Much is made of Apollos’ speaking ability and the number of people he preached to. We are introduced to Aquila and Priscilla and from that time on the record refers to them as Priscilla and Aquila. He was the one that sort of brought up the rear of the ministry. In fact I think of Aquila as being the glue that made have held that ministry together.
Each person who belongs to God has a specific mission in His Kingdom. Did you know that research shows that a visiting family/person to your church decides whether to come again based on their first ten minutes on your church property? So 90% of those attending your church have decided whether they are returning without even hearing the preacher preach or perhaps even the worship team lead on song. It’s the person who cuts the grass, the greeter at the door, the usher handing out bulletins, the people that brew the coffee are the most important people to those visitors at your church.
The roles in God’s Kingdom that are behind the scenes or in a serving position are the most important just like Abishai and Aquila were in days gone by. If you are one of those important people in your ministry don’t say, “I just do this..” Confidently share with people your role in God’s Kingdom movement.