ALL WILL SHARE ALIKE

 

In the operation of the Pitcairn Island Seventh-day Adventist church, as in almost every other church, some work done by members can be seen by all, while equally important work done by others remains hidden. The Sabbath School superintendent, the children's division leader, the elders and the deacons all perform their duties before the entire church, while the clerk, the librarian, the lay activities secretary, and often the deaconesses work behind the scenes.

Sometimes the results of the work can be seen, while the one who did it remains anonymous. The weekly cleaning of the church building is a good example of this. The Pitcairn church has no funds for hiring a custodian, and must rely entirely upon volunteer labor. So the task is divided among the various families, who clean the church weekly, on a rotating basis.

Two families usually work together each week, dusting the pews, sweeping and mopping the floors, gathering flowers for decoration, and tidying the grounds around the building. During dry seasons this task can be done in a couple of hours. But removing mud tracked in during rainy weather can become a real chore. Regardless of the conditions, however, the church always appears neat, clean, and trimmed with beautiful flowers for the regular services.

God's work has no unimportant jobs, and those who clean the church from week to week glorify their Maker through this important, though unsung work, fully as much as do those who lead out in the various services. David taught this principle, and it still applies today: "The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike," 1 Samuel 30:24, (NIV).

So in the work of the church, those who work behind the scenes will share in the blessings of God just as truly as those who perform in public.