I have been privileged to meet some important people throughout my life. Many of them are, or were, leaders with powerful influence in the Lord's church, or in our state, or the nation. Yet, there is one person that influenced my life and others that had a most humble task. His name was Solomon and he was the West End Elementary School janitor.
Solomon always spoke to me with a smile and encouraging words. He knew my dad and he knew me, so when he spoke with me it was with sincerity and kindness. He whistled while he swept classrooms. He sang hymns of the church as he mopped floors. He smiled with joy as he emptied trash cans. He had a love for the Lord that overflowed though his personality. Although he had little in regard to worldly riches, he had the wealth of a powerful faith that never wavered. Such humble faith and a commitment to his work impacted the lives of all he encountered. His was a life of humble service. And because of that, his influence was more powerful than he ever realized.
The Bible challenges followers of Christ to be humble servants. No matter what we do in life, it should be done as if we were serving the Lord. We should never seek to draw attention to self but seek to honor HIM in all we do and say. With a humble attitude, God can use any of us anywhere to bring about His glory and greater purpose.
Perhaps you have heard the poem by V. Raymond Edman that speaks to this very truth:
"Father, where shall I work today?"
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then He pointed me out a tiny spot,
And said, "Tend that for me."
I answered quickly, "Oh, no not that.
Why, no one would ever see,
No matter how well my work was done.
Not that little place for me!"
And the word He spoke, it was not stern,
He answered me tenderly,
"Ah, little one, search that heart of thine;
Art thou working for them or me?
Nazareth was a little place,
And so was Galilee."
Only God knows the outcome of our service as we follow His lead every day. It's all about humble service. So, may we all resolve to adopt this verse as a guiding principle for our daily lives: "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people..." (Ephesians 6:7)