The Grunt Work of Ministry

I heard a lady say lately, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” She was speaking of her husband. He had been out of the Marines for a few years, but I understood what she meant. I used to be an Infantryman in the Army. And I agree, “Once a soldier, always a soldier.” Once you’re indoctrinated with it, you can’t get rid of it, no matter how hard you try.

There’s some work an Infantryman does that just has to happen, but it’s not desirable or glorious.

1. Filling 5000 sandbags

2. Carrying a 80 pound rucksack on timed road march

3. Seeing war, pain, and poverty

4. Inspections that seem useless

5. Filling 5000 sandbags

6. Deploying away from your family

7. Relentless training over and over again, the same thing

Ministry can be the same. It is the same. It’s doing the things in life that most people have a hard time doing. But our job as pastors and Christians is to motivate each other in the “grunt work of ministry” (Heb 10:24-25).

We can get focused on a lot of things. But we must encourage each other to do the things that matter to God. And when it seems hard or useless, we must encourage each other. Why? It’s the grunt work, the work hard work, that makes things happen:

1. Making disciples

2. Teaching people to witness to their friends

3. Reproducing a small group to reach more people

4. Tithe in a bad economy

5. Vacuum the church in the corners

6. Make that hard hospital visit

7. Keep your seat in the seat to study for Sunday’s message

You get what I mean. And I want to encourage you to continue to do whatever you consider the grunt work of ministry. It may seem ineffective. It may seem a waste of time, but it’s not. God the Father is depending on us. He wants us to tell of His Son. And the Spirit of the Lord is with us (Matt 28:20).

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