February 3, 2019
Just a Sparrow
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24
Looking out of my window, I watched a sparrow singing for all he was worth. For a body so small, I thought it was amazing that he could produce such volume. His song did not quite equal that of some other birds I’ve heard, and certainly did not come close to that of the mockingbird, who is a “virtuoso.” However, I enjoyed the sparrow’s song, because he did his best and was thoroughly wholehearted.
Doing our best and being wholehearted are valuable attributes in the service of God. Perhaps we may not be as proficient or talented as some other people, but each of us can do our best. An example of this is given in 1 Samuel 30. Enemies had invaded the city where David and his six hundred men lived, and had captured their families. David and his men set out to recapture what had been taken. However, two hundred of David’s men became so faint along the way that they stayed by the brook Besor. When David and the other four hundred men had retrieved their families and returned to the brook, the soldiers thought they should not have to share the spoil with the two hundred men. David did not agree. He said, “As his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.” They were all to be rewarded for doing their best.
When the sparrow sitting just outside my window sings, he does his best. When the mockingbird sings, he does his best.
It is my privilege to be an usher in our church. At times, it may seem that the responsibility of ushering does not require the skill of the violinists or the agility exemplified by the organist. Yet, when we wholeheartedly do our best, God will bless our efforts. We never know what will touch someone’s heart. It may be what the minister says in his sermon, how the violinist or organist plays, or the few words of welcome or encouragement given by the usher!
Let us challenge ourselves to do our work heartily and the best we can!