Here's one of the first things ministry will teach a person: If you give your life to Jesus, He'll take it.
And it's not like a job where He conducts and interview and tells you what He'd like you to do and where you get to indicate your preferences and the things you absolutely won't do like a prospective maid might say I don't dust or do laundry.
If you give Him your life, He'll take it.
And because He knows perfectly and completely what are the purposes and practices of His Kingdom and exactly how we all fit into that, and especially what we can do to maximize His glory, He doesn't ask us what we'd like to do.
It just happens.
Today, I was going to step out into the waiting crowd this morning when the sign-up clipboard went out. I figured if I was out there while folks were signing up, we'd deal with less jostling; less I was here first.
He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Of course, that’s the end of the story in John’s gospel. It began with blindness, and a question about the antecedent sin that caused the blindness. Was it his? Was it his parents’? Then this person, who he can’t see, puts mud made of dirt and spit on his eyes. “Go wash,” the stranger says, “and show yourself to the priest.”
This guy could not see Jesus. He might have recognized his voice, but he’d never seen him. Later, after all the religious name calling and back biting, you know, after he’s been kicked out of church, Jesus finds him. And Jesus reveals who he really is. And the guy believed him. And the guy worshipped.
Today’s serve was not for the faint of heart.
There is something in most human hearts that decides rain is bad and sunshine is good. There’s probably studies that show most people smiling when it’s sunny and frowning when it’s rainy. But here’s what probably no study shows:
When the weather is cold and rainy, people think primarily of the negative impacts that is having on others. Even in my position, it’s rare when my first though is how the weather is impacting homeless people. Or folks whose only transportation is a bike. The ones whose housing is a rickety shed or a condemned trailer. Or those with shoes barely held together, riddled with holes.
My first thought is usually about how the weather is negatively impacting me.
There are two things we’ve never done at the Storehouse: We’ve never delivered food to clients, and we’ve never offered transportation to or from our Storehouse.
Cindy and I have just stepped out of the theater where we watched a showing of the new movie Shazam. It’s the story of a foster kid who gets super powers and activates them by saying the title of the movie. Which, incidentally, was what Jim Neighbors would say when his character on The Andy Griffith Show fifty years ago, Gomer Pyle, was confused. Let me tell you, a lot has changed.
And I wish I could say that I’m writing this with a super-power aura over me, but, well, a lot haschanged. I’m old, and my body responds to stress and effort with fatigue. And so does my mind. And there’s been an extra bit of both this week in the Storehouse.
Way back in December, I asked our staff if we could prepare for the Storehouse to include an evening serve. We decided to wait until after Feed the Need to see what our food resources would look like. Have I mentioned that we received 5,000 more pounds this year than last? And have I said thank you?
And last night it happened.
I am the Storehouse Director and get the privilege of writing about the people that Jesus loves.
Contact Mike Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org for all things "Volunteer".
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