Quiet achievers – Hope 103.2

Quiet achievers

By David ReayWednesday 29 Jan 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Galatians 6:9-10

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up,or quit. Right now,therefore,every time we get the chance,let us work for the benefit of all,starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. (THE MESSAGE)

In any Christian church there are those who make quite a bit of noise about what is or is not happening in the church. There are those whose personal needs seem a bottomless pit. There are those whose expectations of God or others are never met and who thus demand change or compensation. Such people are not to be despised or dismissed,but perhaps they can’t always be relied upon to play a fruitful part in church life.

On the other hand,there are those who simply get on with doing good in the name of Jesus. The ones who faithfully turn up as promised and minister in all sorts of unobtrusive ways to others. They don’t seem to grow weary in their well doing. They obey the teaching in today’s text. The community of faith is better and stronger for it.

Church leaders can easily overlook these quiet achievers. Squeaky wheels do get the grease: some church members get disproportionate attention because of their behaviour-upor misbehaviour. Much ministry in church is done by those who draw no attention to what they are doing. It is not rostered,it is not up front. We only appreciate such ministry when it no longer happens,when that person is no longer able to do it.

It is good to know our all-seeing God doesn’t just oil the squeakiest wheels. He sees those who just get on with the job without fuss,and we trust that in his own God-like way,makes a fuss of them.

David Reay