A couple of weeks ago I came across this video and it stuck with me.
These cocoa farmers living in the Ivory Coast have no idea what their fruit is used to produce.
Watch the video, it’s over 5 minutes long, you’ll have to pay attention because you’ll need to read the subtitles to understand it.
I love their faces when they try chocolate for the first time.
They can’t believe that their fruit helps produce that product.
Most of these cocoa farmers would taste the fruit, but never taste the real fruit, the finished product in their lifetime.
But for these few that have the privilege to taste it, they are now fired up about what they get to be a part of.
It’s the same for the church.
If you volunteer, give, invite or are involved in a church in any way, you probably don’t get to taste the fruit you help produce.
And every once in a while you may run across a story of someone who thanked the church for something and you automatically disqualified yourself as a part of that story because you don’t feel like you do anything very significant.
After all, you just play with babies and change diapers, right?
You just shake some hands and say hello, right?
You just control some nobs and switches, right?
You just play some music, right?
You just sit in a row with someone you brought, right?
You just set up stuff, right?
You help produce fruit that will last for eternity.
Everything you do contributes to the whole church and benefits the church.
Every dollar you give.
Every time you serve.
Every person you invite… even if they don’t come.
Every team you are on or group you are a part of.
Every seat you fill.
Every hand you shake.
Everything matters. Everything counts. Everything builds. Everything produces.
On Friday, August 29, Two Cities Church will have the opportunity to taste the fruit of our labor at a baptism gathering.
For a moment, we get to see what’s happened on the inside of the people we reach.
It’s amazing. It’s like toiling hard for something and not tasting it, but then in a moment, someone gives us a glimpse of what’s really going on.
So much of ministry is internal, the changing of hearts over a period of time, lives change slowly and often without anybody knowing.
Now, who’s ready for some chocolate?
I can’t wait to taste the fruit of our toil.