Filled with Deep Joy

Image Courtesy of Ken Dyck

Image Courtesy of Ken Dyck

The other day I was going back through some devotionals and notes looking for something that would be encouraging to you, the humble church tech, who is working his or her tail off getting ready for Easter. I came across this passage from 2 Corinthians along with some notes my friend Roy Cochran shared. Roy has an incredible gift of getting to the heart of the artist and speaking great truth that encourages and empowers. 

While I’m not in the thick of it this Easter, I remember too well the long hours, lack of sleep, stress and spiritual attack that Easter season brings. Even if things are going great and you’re having fun, the work is still taxing and the hours long. My prayer is that this passage encourages you today and next week as you serve the King. 

Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details. 

People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly...in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Does that strike a chord with anyone besides me ? Some key phrases in this passage stick out to me. 

Don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing.

Working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love…

When we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God

If you work in church tech, chances are you can relate to some or all of that. I was encouraged to know that what we experience is not a new problem. The Apostle Paul himself struggled with the very same things. And while the Church still really doesn’t know what to do with us techs, God does. He appreciates what we do. He appreciates what you—yes you—do! And is pleased when we do it with a joyful heart. 

I don’t have much more to add to this; I think it speaks for itself, really. So my fellow church tech, take heart! What you do is important, critical even. The gifts you bring to the Church are being used to advance the Kingdom. Don’t give up hope. While we may not be recognized by the world, we are acknowledged by God. We may have nothing, but we have it all!

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