When I was younger, I was an athlete. In fact, there wasn’t a sport invented I couldn’t play.But the wear and tear on the body took its toll and now I am not allowed to play any sports. The major part of my athletic career took place in college which was often marred by injury of some sort.I often wonder where I would be if for some weird reason all the doctors and nurses decided that they wanted to give up medicine in order to be a basketball or football star (or whatever sport they wanted to play)?
Not everyone can be an athlete, if we all were, who would pick up the pieces when our bodies broke under the strain? Who would wrap those bandages, set those bones, apply the right medicine to internal injuries or cuts and bruises? Athletes certainly cannot play their game or do their sport without the anonymous support group who does the dirty work while the athletes reap all the glory and fame.
The same goes for the Church. Famous evangelists, missionaries and pastors cannot do their job without their anonymous spiritual support group who do a lot of the dirty work we do not see take place in their lives. They help shore up the faith of these people when they are discouraged, they fight spiritual battles just so the famous leaders can minister and so much more.
The church needs spiritual doctors and nurses. Not only to help the Pastoral staff but the elders, deacons and the normal congregational member. It is not a job that gets a lot of press but it is vital if the ministry of the church is going to succeed. We do not have time for petty jealousy or envy to overtake those who think they should be on the forefront but aren’t. It is a job that takes commitment and filled by those who know that is where God wants them and that their place is not out in the sun where all the attention is focused.
When God writes
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [a]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (Eph. 4 NASB)
he is not creating a hierarchy from the most important duty to the least. He is telling us that all duty in his church is important and that one is not more spiritual than another. It takes real spiritual people to withstand and endure the work of the anonymous support group, deep Christians who do not want games but who know where the rubber meets the road spiritually.
Think about it.