Even if we live where it rarely snows, the phrase is a familiar one – “essential personnel.” When budget talks collapse and the government shuts down, this is the phrase that is trotted out – “essential personnel.” When the earth suddenly moves under the people of California, often a certain group of people are called out while the rest are told to stay at home – “essential personnel.” When tornadoes blow through the Southwest and disrupt everything in their course, only certain people should risk the dangers involved – “essential personnel.” These are maintenance people, road crews, ambulance drivers, fire fighters, electric and gas company workers, truck drivers, and a whole host of service people who are taken for granted when things are running smoothly. We call them “essential personnel.”
Think about that phrase. Think about what it means to be “essential personnel.” Then, if you want to be humbled, think about what it is like to be non-essential personnel. Consider the fact that the world can go on without some people. The good news is that in the church we are all, or at least all should be, “essential personnel.” Christians are a called out special group of people. “But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). Christians are essential personnel in God’s kingdom. Therefore, “be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Are you living up to the description “essential personnel” in your work for the Lord?
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