My garden is finally all planted and serving up lessons right and left! This week, my son Nathan helped me finish planting. We worked side by side, chatting as we worked. Whoever said, “Many hands make light work” was right! That extra set of hands made the job go a lot faster, but that wasn’t the greatest asset; his presence was more valuable than his hands!
Do you love your church people? Are they your crowd? Would you rather spend time with fellow believers more than anyone else? I hope the answer to all those questions is Yes, yes, YES! J I have found that no matter the task or event, we all love a crowd! Whether it is Sunday morning worship, the Sunday School picnic or a work day at the church, we love it when there a lots and lots of people! Why? I think it’s the hot coals’ syndrome.
I’m sure you all have sat by a fire and watched the coals glow red, alive with heat. If you take one out and set it aside, it quickly loses its glow and color.
We need each other! Just as those coals burn brightly all together, Christians draw strength from one another. It’s difficult to stand alone! Some of you must do that all day long at the work place. Oh, the joy of reuniting with fellow believers and getting “fired up!” Never think that your presence isn’t important at your church! You never know what the Lord has planned for you to do, if you are willing!
Have you ever thought of all the tasks it takes to make “church” happen? There needs to be leadership: pastor, elder, deacon. There are others who lead and teach: choir director, instrumentalist, choir members, Sunday school teachers, Wednesday night children’s workers, youth workers. There are the unseen tasks: cleaners, grass cutters, weed pullers, flower planters, hedge trimmers, painters, snow shovelers, sidewalk sweepers, window washers! Someone buys the soap for the bathrooms and orders the Sunday school materials! The list is endless! I’m sure I missed someone.
As a pastor’s wife, may I say, “Thank you” for what you do in the church, even if it is not our church. You have no idea what a blessing you are to your pastor; but more importantly, our Master, Savior and Friend is blessed more than we can ever know! Working together – it’s the key motto of the Army Rangers and I’m sure many other groups. It’s what makes the church survive!
” Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.” 1Ch 29:9