People are focusing their efforts to find satisfaction on all the wrong things: vanity, sports, power, finances, climbing the corporate ladder, and personal gratification among others. This is expected of those without Christ. But the ones who have the answers, the ones who should be leading people to Christ, the ones who should teaching new converts the ways of Christ, these too have lost their focus on the King and His kingdom. So many people’s lives are a mess and those that can help are unwilling to be janitors.
Janitors go where the need is. Janitors go where the mess is. Janitors help to restore things to the way they should be. “Cleanup on isle 6!” “Janitor needed in the men’s bathroom.” We need more spiritual janitors.
When Jesus walked this earth, He saw a great need that He in His physical body could not meet.
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(Matt. 9:35–38, ESV)
Even now Jesus is looking for those who will go where the need is. Those who will tell other about Him. Those who will teach others what He taught His disciples. Those who will sacrifice their time, their selfish pursuits, and their belongings to be His laborers. To be His janitors. To help restore people to God’s original intent.
What can you do? First, be a janitor where God has planted you. Tell others about His redemptive work. Invest your life in those who have trusted Christ and help them to grow in the likeness of your Master. They will make a mess every now and then, but you can be there to help them clean up. Next, consider that God may want you to go to another land where they need the Gospel. If not you, who? Which leads to the next thing you can do if you can’t go: support those who do with your prayers and finances.
You need to be personally active in making disciples.
Further reading: Matt. 28:18-20; Matt. 20:20-28; 3John 1.5-8;