Today’s Scripture: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.1¬†Corinthians¬†12:23-26

Every year, USA Today selects 53 NFL players that make up an unusual team. They are the All-Joe team, comprised of players who have never made a Pro-Bowl but help their team win. Members of the All-Joe team usually don’t make the highlight reels and hardly ever have their own television commercials. Without them, though, their teams cannot win. They do the dirty, lunch-pail work that enables the star players on the team to make big plays. According to USA Today, the motto of such unselfish players is, “If you work hard, good things will happen – to someone else.”

The body of Christ is also made up of All-Joes, those believers who perform their unspectacular tasks without applause. These people are not the ones preaching the sermon or leading the Sunday School. Instead, they’re cleaning up the sanctuary or sweeping out the fellowship hall. They’re the little-known volunteers who plant flowers, serve in the nursery, or stack chairs after a special event. In spite of their obscurity, they are valuable members of the body of Christ. It is the All-Joes who make the church operate smoothly on Sunday.

Most Christians long to be in the spotlight, but very few are content with working behind the scenes with little praise. It is true that the church needs good, strong leaders, but these people are not always the pastors or the Sunday School teachers. Sometimes, they are the faithful “Joes.”

Are you willing to be unknown and unseen in the body of Christ? Are you willing to be voted to God’s All-Joe team?

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.