Matthew Eldridge was a body double for actor Jason Bateman. He compares his experience on a movie set—working alongside hundreds of others to make the stars look good and create a quality film—to the work of ministry. He writes, “Behind every lead pastor or nonprofit CEO, there are the skilled individuals who support the various areas of the organizations. … While close to 100 crew members tirelessly work 15 hours a day so Jason Bateman can shine, they have an understanding that their work will be underappreciated and likely go unnoticed by those watching the show. But they do it anyway. Why? Because they love being a part of the creation process. There’s something magical about creating something collectively larger than ourselves. That’s how it is in ministry. Ministries are built with the hands of capable individuals who may never receive recognition for the work they do, but they don’t do it to serve the speaker. They do what they do for the glory of God. Their satisfaction comes from knowing they help to build something beautiful for God’s kingdom. Yes, their service is indirectly touching lives. They are being the hands of Christ” (Matthew Eldridge, “The Hands of Jason Bateman and the Hands of Christ,” Christianity Today, March 18, 2013, https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/march-web- only/hands-of-jason-bateman-and-hands-of-christ.html).
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