“No one will ask you how long it took to build; they will only ask who built it.” So George took his time, carefully and meticulously handcrafting a single sculling shell from Norwegian pine and mahogany. Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (p. 43). Penguin Publishing Group.
In boat building, and with the church–what is most important is who builds it. With the church, we need to set aside our egos and our drives towards recognition and praise, and remember that no matter how hard we work, nor how good the work might be, in the end, the fruitful results belong to the Lord.
It is a lesson that Paul learned, and lived out: 1 Corinthians 3:5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
May we be ministry leaders who rejoice in our work, but also, living lives of surrender, remember that it is the Lord’s work, the Lord’s church. We are laborers, workers so that the kingdom might advance, for the Lord’s glory.