William Carey has been described as the “father of modern missions”. His achievements for the cause of the Gospel are truly inspirational. He founded the Baptist Missionary Society, translated the Bible into numerous languages and spent many years as a missionary in India.
Carey was once asked to give the secret of his success, he replied, “I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.” Perhaps many of us would have expected something a bit more profound and yet when we consider his answer, it is an incredibly perceptive statement of truth. The fact is that on the mission field, very little would be accomplished without a great deal of endurance and hard work. There is the need to pray and the study of scripture and several other things that are essential in Gospel ministry but all of this is underpinned with the unglamorous necessity of plodding on.
This week I’ve been thinking about some of the hard work that goes on at Eb, week in week out, work that very often goes unseen. It was noticeable on Wednesday when I called in on the Parent and Toddler Group Coffee Morning. I arrived late due to an appointment with the dentist (you can insert your own jokes here), just in time for the tidy up. Once the children and parents or carers had gone, the cleanup swung into operation. Dishes were washed, toys cleaned and sorted, chairs stacked, various items of debris disposed of and the carpet cleaned. I was of very little assistance, mostly just getting in the way but the thought did occur to me that this goes on every week and that’s just the cleanup, there is a setup as well.
As we were finishing off, someone arrived to start the setup for the Computer Class with all of the work that entails. The process is repeated throughout the week, almost every day people will be moving things around and cleaning up afterwards. We have a full programme and everything requires some preparation and some cleanup. This is the unglamorous stuff that is essential for the church to operate.
I’m sure it can be tedious and sometimes seem pointless but for those committed to the Gospel, it’s a service to the Lord. Our plodding efforts are a fragrant offering. Be encouraged.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25).