Christ is the cure for loneliness. He connects us. He finds a place for us. That is the work of a church.
There is no reason to walk alone.
In discussion with a group of ministers, each decried working alone at their tasks. That is odd. Rarely do I work alone. Of course, I write alone. Yet, even in that I have people submit ideas and do research. Even if I don’t use it, the conversation is good and contributes.
None of us should walk alone. This morning I am reading responses from legislators across the United States to a quick blurb. We pray together. We walk together. Never alone. That is just not right.
Ephesians 4:16 NKJV from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love
Here sits L. As she received her first bible, she sat down immediately and began to read. The impact brought me to tears. Living in a community where churches mark every corner, she had never read the stories of the Lord for herself. Her excitement was immediate and active.
The stocking is full of wonderful fruits and nuts and a candy cane. Yet, they mean nothing compared to her joy in receiving the words of God.
L is touching the words of the Lord not just on the page, but in the flesh with those that come to her and teach weekly. She reads the bible on their face and in their hands and expressed from their hearts.
Thank you, Jesus, for the wonderful opportunity to share You with others. I weep at the priviledge to serve.
Matthew 8:18: Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19: And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20: And Jesus saith unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”
21: And another of his disciples said unto him, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.” 22: But Jesus said unto him, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
Excuse Me: Our human tendency is for excuses. The opportunities of the moment are quickly passed by for the excuses of a lifetime. One wanted comforts and a secure destination. Another wanted to seal the family fortune and let the past generation find finality. Jesus wanted them that day. Jesus wants those who will go where there is no promise of a comfortable destination. Jesus wants those who will go and let the prior generation either come along or resolve life on their own. Jesus is unrelentingly in motion toward heaven.
Garbage Man: At breakfast one morning a friend looked into the eyes of another friend. Piercingly, he declared, “You are the garbage man!” They had been discussing activities in the community. The one was talking about going into hard places and developing and disciplining people in this gospel lifestyle. His friend saw a thread. The thread was finding struggling situations and bringing those to fruitful fields with tenacity and insight and time and effort. The thread was taking what others reject and bringing it to full fruit.
No Throw Aways: Taking what others would throw away and applying strong action is something many avoid. Jesus embraced it. It is His daily bread and unrelenting task. It meant not having a home at times as most would not follow Him into the hard spots or welcome Him when he came out smelling like a portion of mankind with which they were unfamiliar. What is not ours and is not familiar looks and smells like garbage. I remember working in nurseries as a young parent. Changing my child’s diaper was easy. Changing the diaper of a friend’s child was horrid. The smell was unfamiliar. At times, I would lean over a trash can in case I could not handle it and my stomach might revolt.
Minister to Minister: This month, be a special blessing to some minister. For the most part they are “garbage men”. They take our hurts and pains and help us through to new light and life. They could use a lift this clergy appreciation month.
ACT! Release an excuse that has been keeping you from full commitment to Jesus call on your life. Think about how you would live if you had no financial attachments or no expectations of tomorrow’s fortune.
PRAY! Father, I am so weak. My strength is small in the challenge of adversity. Jesus came with no guantees of comfort or family or home. He thought it not something to be grasped to be resident with You as King of the Universe in heaven. He left throne and comfort to live among men. Help me have His way in me.