Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

Missing in Action

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Hi, I’ve been away for a while, but things are finally opening up so I can devote some more time to writing, both here and stuff in my personal time. Not much to say right now except to retell a story from last week…

I’ve mentioned before that my wife took a job as a worship leader a couple of years ago, and I have slowly been dragged into a role as a liaison between her and the technical/AV team.

Last weekend, we had a power issue. It ended up being easily solved, but a complaint from someone created such emotional discord and fallout that it made me think about what those who aren’t working in ministry (or even serving as a non-paid worker) don’t see.

Be careful of what you say to those who work in ministry. The pastor or leader who is paid to do their job probably isn’t being paid enough to handle your complaints about the music choice or the stage volume.

The servant who got up 3 hours earlier than you did on Sunday morning doesn’t get paid (obviously) to take abuse about what wasn’t perfect that day, nor do they deserve it.

If you’re upset that you’ll be late for worship because there’s a line at children’s check-in 5 minutes before the start time, guess what? If you get there 10 minutes earlier, your chances of getting to worship on time increases dramatically.

In the consumer-driven culture of what I get out of church, what I learned from the message, what I thought of the music, what programs does the church have for my kids, we put ourselves in the center of the church instead of the One we are worshiping, and we also forget how many faithful brothers and sisters that it takes to run the logistics of Sunday morning so we don’t have to worry about it.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.—1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)


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