Summary: Ministry is filled with the most random tasks and “duties as assigned.” Yet every one of those tasks is work to be done unto the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
Ministry is filled with the most random tasks and “duties as assigned.” Those not in full time ministry jokingly say, “Well, all you do is work on Sunday, right?” Far be it.
Early on in my decade-long tenure as a pastor, I adopted this verse: “…knowing that nothing you do in the Lord is in vain.” I kept this passage on the top of my mind. I allowed this passage to be quick off my tongue. Honestly, I needed it. I needed to remember that a particularly obscure and never-to-be-seen task held value in the Lord. I desperately wanted to be abounding in the work of the Lord, and yet, I never could have imagined some of the bizarre things needing done.
Remember, your toil in the Lord is NOT in vain … and toil it often is. Enter today with a singular mindset: My work matters. Embrace your toil with this frame of mind. Adopt an attitude of the heart that pushes every boulder, rock or pebble as unto the Lord, knowing that these things matter. Today you will do some less-than-glamorous tasks. Be steadfast, immovable and abound in this work today.