My husband works as a cleaner at a local hospital. It’s not a glamorous job. But it’s an important job. And he gives it his all. Many of the other hospital staff have told my husband that he is one of the hardest workers that they have seen. As I’m sure you can probably tell by my bragging, I’m proud of him. Really proud. I love him and I love what he does.
Why do I puff up when I think about his job? Well, I was reading the other day about how dirty hospitals are making people sicker instead of helping them get better. The truth is, cleaning staff have just as important of a role to play in the hospital as doctors and nurses. I’m serious. They are exposed to some really frightening things as they eradicate all traces of communicable diseases from equipment and rooms. Doing their jobs well can literally mean the difference between life and death for others.
I know I’ve written about this before, but it reminds me of 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, where Paul talks about the body of Christ. Every person has a special gift, a unique role to play in seeing the purposes of God come to pass on this earth. No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you matter. You might not be a preacher. You might not be a prophet. You might not be a world-famous evangelist. But you matter.
There is a Bible verse that says, “If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded” (Matthew 10:41-42).
This is something that I need to remind myself of over and over and over again. It’s easy to think that, because something isn’t glamorous (giving someone a cup of water? cleaning a hospital?), it’s not important. But even in the seemingly unimportant things, God calls us to excellence.
Do you ever feel like what you do doesn’t matter? Do you ever question why you should even bother doing it? Well guess what!?! As long as you are living up to your God-given potential (that’s the key!), your role in the kingdom of God is absolutely essential.
We’re all in this together. We need each other. YOU matter. And your gifts, however “invisible” they may be, could mean the difference between eternal life and death for another.