(I hope you enjoy these words from my pastor, Brother Johnny Wade, as much as my family did.)
My dad was in Korea (during the war), and do you know what his job was? He was a cook. He didn’t go fight on the front lines.
He was a cook.
They took hot meals to the front lines and fed the soldiers and kept their morale up. His job was an important job. It was as important as anyone else’s.
The devil says, “You’re not much of a fighter.”
I might not be, but I can cook.
You might not be an evangelist or a singer, but you have a place where God wants you to fill to the utmost of your ability.
You need to keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing. If your job is to cook, then you cook the best meal you can cook. If your job is a truck driver, then you’re there when they need you at the place where they need you.
It’s a matter of being where God needs you at that time.
In Acts, they were all in one accord in one place. That means they were all doing their job. I’ve wondered many times, how many children were there? You get one hundred twenty people and how many children are you going to have? How many babies?
Who has to watch the babies? Who cooked the meals? Who washed the dishes?
Whoever did it, did it in accord. Whoever did it, did it with a sweet attitude. They did it as a privilege to work for the Lord. Whether it was sweep the floor or take care of the babies. They stayed in accord with God and the Spirit.
We can live life and stay in accord with God’s will. Who’s feeding the babies?
There are things that need to be done in a church. You have a job. It is just as important as anyone else’s job.
The apostles were doing their job. They saw that they weren’t able to do everything. They said, “We are going to pick good, holy men to wait on tables and to make sure that everybody gets treated fairly.” Stephen was appointed as a table waiter. He wasn’t an evangelist. He wasn’t the pastor. He was a good table waiter. He was a holy table waiter. He was a sanctified table waiter. He didn’t murmur. He didn’t complain. He made sure the Jews and Grecians got treated equally. He cut out the squabbles of what was going on.
He got an opportunity to preach Jesus and how they had crucified Him. And they stoned Stephen. The first martyr was a waiter on tables. He died with the glory of God on him.
God has a place for you. It’s a glorious place. Not only can you do it, but it needs to be done.
During a church service years ago, my wife was sitting with our four little ones…She probably had one that was six, one that was five, one that was three, and one that was two. She was in a place that she needed God on her. I was a preacher, and I was sitting on the platform. She was down in the seat, taking care of all these babies. And the Lord started moving. I wanted the Lord to move on me. I was willing to do anything. The Lord said, “Go take care of your children.”
So, I went down and took Donald from her arms and lined the rest of them up. She moved out of her seat. God moved on her.
Who’s taking care of the babies?
There is a way that we can get in accord. It’s not always getting up in church.
Sometimes it’s helping someone else. If they get up to sing a song, and they start struggling, what do you do? Do you get up on your feet and say, “I’ll struggle with you”? That’s when we need you.
Who’s taking care of the babies?