“Who Done Its”

Mysteries are one of the most popular and entertaining types of fiction. Millions are captivated by the idea of figuring out “who done its?” Interestingly, many “who done its” regularly go unsolved around the church. Perhaps this is because most of the sensational elements are missing. Thus, people are not captivated by the quest to unravel the mystery. Still, there are many things which, mysteriously, just seem to get done in most church families.

Have you ever stopped to consider:

— Who changes the light bulbs in those fixtures high above the sanctuary?

— Who makes sure the temperature inside the building is comfortable, no matter what it is outside?

— Who washes the towels and baptismal garments each time they are used?

There are scores of similar questions which could be asked. The point is: There are many things which get done in our church family on a regular basis which go virtually unnoticed. The individuals involved don’t call attention to themselves. Generally speaking, they don’t want to be singled out for recognition. They do what they do simply to serve and glorify God!

Just look around. Think about all that’s being done. Don’t try to unravel it or zero in on some ulterior motive. Realize it’s being done by saints in service to God. Give God thanks for their willingness to serve and praise for their faithfulness to what, oftentimes, is thankless service. Because of their servant-hearts, we are all wonderfully blessed!

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

© Bill Williams, September 20, 2006

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7 Responses to “Who Done Its”

  1. jel says:

    in everything give thanks to God!
    and we are wonderfully blessed!

    great post!

  2. k.reyes says:

    And the lady in the back pew says a resounding:



  3. Greg England says:

    God have mercy on the person responsible for temperature … as he / she NEVER seems to get it right at our church! The major source of discontent here (aside from the preacher, of course) is that it’s too cold every Sunday. My wife has a rather popular blanket concession going from the front row. Not only warms people up, but forces them to come to the front. Better than all 18 verses of “Just as I Am”!

  4. Rachel says:

    May God bless all those who serve quietly behind the scenes, and may we never take them for granted.

  5. Donna says:

    We are supposed to live in an upside down world and yet we get caught up in acting just like the world. All the attention goes to the few that are up-front leading. Thanks for the reminder to love and appreciate all of the servant hearts in our family.

  6. Dee Andrews says:

    I was blessed to be part of a family who did all of those things in service to others in whatever way they could, including all of those things you mention above, Bill.

    I saw and learned the value of such service in contrast to some who always thought they were above such things and who wanted to be up front and standing out before others.

    I remember years ago standing on a hill next to a fairly young minister (who is well known in the brotherhood, as in WELL known) who was dressed up in a suit and tie outside the church building in Falls Church, Virginia on a weekday watching some workers as they constructed a big addition to the church building.

    He exclaimed to me, “you know, those guys make [such and such] an hour for doing that work,” with disgust in his voice.

    I thought to myself, knowing about how much he made in salary and perks, “yeah, well you make TWICE that much an hour and you’re dressed here in your suit and tie just WATCHING them work.”

    I didn’t say it, but I thought it because he was often condescending to others, thinking he was above them, which I saw as a form of insecurity on his part, myself.

    Maybe that’s why I’m so strongly of the opinion that it is not that important or vital about which and who among us gets up to preach or speak and/or pray and/or whatever in worship (including us women), but who is serving others on an individual basis daily without accolades or rewards that is most important to God.

    To me, those people you describe, Bill, are the Christians Jesus talks about in Matt. 25 who say, “when did I do this for you, Lord?” and He shall say, welcome into Heavenly glory, for you DID do these things for me when you did it for the least of these.”

    God help us all to be more humble and of service to all. Just be NICE some days, you know?!

  7. Kathy says:

    How beautiful are the feet of those who quietly and unseen wash the feet of their fellow believers. May our Gracious God afford them an extra measure of blessings and many jewels in their crown in Glory!!

    And bless you, Bill for reminding us of these quiet ones, who are the true angels in the outfield; unseen, humbly going about their service to so many of us!!

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