I've been praying about how to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus instead of myself in the midst of so many exciting things like radio interviews, book sales, and letters from readers. It's easy to think highly of myself and forget that Jesus has accomplished everything through me (Isaiah 26:2 and John 15). Whatever fruitfulness happens in my life is an overflow of the Holy Spirit and the "good works which God prepared in advance" for me to do.
But still, it feels so important to speak and teach and write and be on the radio. And I sometimes love all the attention that comes from visible roles within the church. So in church yesterday (where we are newer attendees), when I saw the women's ministry director racing towards me after the service, I imagined I knew what she was going to say. Had she read my book? Had she heard a radio interview? Was she going to invite me to speak at a women's event? To sign books maybe?
She says, breathless and excited, "Heather, I had to invite you--because we have heard about you and your. . .
amazing ability . . .
to wash dishes--
if you would join our Clean-Up Team for the Women's Ministry!"
(It's true: I'm amazing in the kitchen when it comes to scrubbing pots and pans, and months ago, I helped wash so many pie dishes and platters and crockpots after a women's event. She noticed. She saw my talent with dish soap and sponges.)
I burst out laughing because I was so ashamed of myself and so humbled. And I realized all over again that I was seated with Christ in the heavenly realms where no task that He assigns is more important than any other. Scrubbing the pots is as vital as speaking up front, and I knew it.
We've heard about you and your amazing ability to wash dishes.
I needed this invitation yesterday. I was thrilled to accept this honored request to serve as the Scrubber of Pots for Women's Ministry. Hallelujah! She said to me, "It was just so much fun cleaning the church kitchen with you." It was. It was perfect. I loved that evening where I gabbed on and on with ladies while up to my elbows in dishwater.
And I remembered Philippians 2:7 and how I'm most like Jesus when I "consider [myself] nothing and take on the nature of a servant." I'm seated with Christ, and I complete the good works He ordains, whether large or small, displayed or hidden.
Sometimes the hidden tasks are so much more fun anyway.