Garbage Detail


All of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility.  –1 Peter 5:5 

It was once my privilege to preach in a church where love and warmth were especially evident. I was impressed by the members’ willingness to pitch in and work. On the Sunday I spoke, three services were scheduled. The women of the church had provided a bountiful meal to be served between the meetings for visitors who had traveled a long distance.

Following the dinner, after most of the people had left, I noticed a distinguished-looking couple clearing the tables and dumping the paper plates into large plastic bags. When I complimented them on what they were doing, they said matter-of-factly, “Oh, we’re the ‘garbage detail.’ We volunteered to clean up after every church function. We consider it a ministry.”

How wonderful that this man and woman were not only available to serve the Lord, but they humbly did what others might consider demeaning work. These dear people were glad to be what they cheerfully called the “garbage detail.”

Some members of the body of Christ are called to serve in places of prominence; others to labor quietly behind the scenes. Regardless of what the Lord asks us to do, let’s be willing to do it by serving one another through love, knowing that ultimately we are serving the Lord.

Richard De Haan 

There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus the Crucified. 


There is no insignificant task in the church.

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