- Exodus 4:10-13 (NKJV) Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue…O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
Last night at my church’s opening night of our annual Christmas production I was reminded of an important truth about judging anyone’s performance and especially your preacher and teacher.
During the performance I noticed that one of the soloist was not prepared. It was obvious that they didn’t know the words to the song and they seemed uncomfortable on stage.
I didn’t think that much about it—crediting it to the opening night jitters. However, it did surprise me a bit knowing this person’s commitment to excellence and the quality of their past performances. Later I mentioned it to Sonja as we were discussing the evening production. She informed me of the rest of the story. Turns out the person in question was not supposed to even be singing the solo part; another person had been slated to sing the solo but had lost their voice and so—last minute—the other soloist had stepped in to pick up the slack. That information changed my entire perspective. The backup soloist turned from being a slight disappointment to being a hero.
Remember that when evaluating the performance of your preachers and teachers. At best, they are a poor substitute for the Preacher and Teacher: Jesus Christ.
Like you, they live busy and hectic lives; they fight the temptations of the flesh, they suffer sickness, sadness and sorrow. Many are bi-vocational—serving you out of the goodness of their hearts and most of the rest are underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated (and almost all teachers in churches are volunteers).
I know there are a few “bad apples” (isn’t that true of any profession?) but the vast majority serve you with a keen sense of calling, carrying the eternal weight of responsibility for your soul (and many others) and know that they will one day have to give an account to God concerning their care of you.
Yet knowing their limitations and carrying their own burdens, they press on—week after week, serving you faithfully.
Bottom line, these last-minute substitutes are heroes.
Remember that when judging their performance.
- Pearls of Great Price – Paul Price (wordquick.wordpress.com)