Isaiah 40:2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem…”

“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and that her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her in full for all her sins.”

I love reading and hearing about the unsung hero. Whether it’s through a book and reading about how people off centre stage made centre stage actually possible, or on a DVD extra about all the small but vital roles that make a film outstanding (See Star Wars III DVD extra ‘Within a Minute’)

I love to see people make ‘something’ there own and give 100%…

We have those people in the church. Yes there are those who are more public, perhaps those who are a part of the worship group, those who regularly prophecy or preach; but there are those who stay behind the scenes and unless they’re pointed out maybe people will never really appreciate what they do. So I’m going to point some out to you.

They are the ones who speak “tenderly to Jerusalem“, the people who give themselves to comforting, encouraging and serving the entire body of Christ. Whether you realise it or not, they speak tenderly to us, the church. In Isaiah 40 it was a message of hope: “be comforted because you’re sins have been forgiven – your sad days are now a thing of the past“. Now today for us that is still true and our unsung heroes come with the same message of hope “how are you? It’s great to see you, how has you week been? Is there anything I can stand with you in prayer for? This is going to be a fantastic week!”

Maybe you know the people in your church who I am referring to – every church has its unsung heroes. Isn’t it great to be a part of a body that works together, where there is no division but where “its parts…have equal concern for each other.” (1 Cor 12:24-25)?

So here’s a challenge – go find yourself an unsung hero and say thank you. Encourage an encourager. Bless a blesser. Thank a thanker.

Here’s a quick list if you need to know where to start:

  • The people you see going round encouraging people (I’m talking about you Olive!) 
  • The people who have got the meeting place ready for you
  • The person welcoming you at the door
  • The person handing out the bulletin or announcement sheet
  • The person stewarding and watching out for you
  • The people serving teas and coffee
  • The people in the kitchen washing up after the teas and coffees
  • The youth workers
  • The children’s workers
  • The people looking after the creche
  • The people in the car park or keeping security

They all speak tenderly to us, let’s give to them as they constantly and consistently give to us.

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