Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Pay's The Same

Jesus told His disciples this -- no matter how long or hard they worked, the pay was the same. It doesn't really matter who gets the credit, it only matters to hear "well done, good and faithful servant".

I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to visit a new church plant, started by a former youth group member who I'd invested a lot of time with -- we'd gone out for breakfast once a week for three years.

The former youth group member, now the planting pastor, pointed me out to his congregation and said to them "I wouldn't be in ministry today except for my friendship with Rob" -- wow, how can one comment be simultaneously so encouraging and humbling at the same time?

The pastor then addressed me directly, "Man, I don't remember a thing you taught me, but I'll never forget the relationship."

Here's the punch line: he then went on to quote me (almost verbatim) in his sermon -- TWICE!! He just didn't remember that it was me who had taught him those things.

Which is my point: It's not important that this young pastor remembered that it was me that taught him those things -- it was important that he learned them and was passing them on to others in his church.

And it occurred to me that morning, that the old saying is true: "It's amazing what can be accomplished, when nobody cares who gets the credit".

But it's still encouraging to realize that you've made a difference somewhere.