Doing What You Can

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, if you don’t like the weather in the Texas Panhandle, just wait a bit and it will change.  This past week was a perfect example of that saying.  It’s hard to know how to dress in weather such as this.

On Friday we awoke to temperatures that were bone chilling and we had snow on the ground.  Saturday temperatures were still cold but some of the snow began to melt away.  By Sunday we got rid of a great deal more.  Monday should see most of it melt away except that which is in the shade.

Our weather this week should be much warmer and this preacher should be a little more relaxed.  I realize that to have the four seasons, you have to have the cold, but a few days of it is enough for me.

On Saturday I called in some help to finish shoveling the snow from the steps and sidewalks at the church.  I called Bro. Everett to see if he could help.  He said that he would be there and we would get things cleaned off. 

We set the time and then met at the church.  They got there first.  When I say they, I mean he and his wife, Lori.  I pulled up and the snow was flying.  It didn’t take all that long and we were finishing up.  Like all men, Bro. Everett and I were talking about some things before we put our shovels up.  But Lori kept on going.

            I asked her what she was doing and she said that she loved to shovel snow.  Being from Michigan she began to tell me stories of snow fall that kept her busy morning, noon and night.  I started to laugh, but realized that she was serious!

            She began to share how the snow would fall up north and they would have to keep things cleaned off.  All the time she was talking about it she just kept working on a spot in the center of the parking lot.  I just never saw anyone enjoy shoveling snow that much.

            As I thought about this I realized that each of us has something that we do and do well.  In fact there are those things that we are called to do in our lives that we must fulfill.  It is not a matter of each of us doing the same things, but doing that which God has called and equipped us to do.

            In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the spiritual gifts that we have been given.  He shares in v.4 that ‘there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.’  He goes on to share how these gifts differ in the lives of Christians.

            In v.12 he writes – “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”  Verse 14 says “For the body is not one member, but many.”

            It is at that point that Paul speaks about the foot, the hand, the ear, the eye.  Then he says in v. 20 – “But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’”

            Bro. Everett and Lori stepped out of what they had been doing in days past to help shovel some snow.  The truth is they have been gifted by God to teach and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those they encounter.  Yet they stepped forward to grab a snow shovel and clean off the sidewalks at the church. 

            The work they did on Saturday enabled others to go to church on Sunday.  What they did with their hands and feet on Saturday enabled them to minister through their spiritual gifts on Sunday.  Their willingness to serve went beyond just ‘filling a pew’ to filling a need so others could gather.

They did what they could to minister to people that they know.  They are not alone.  Others stepped in all over Pampa to ensure that services on Sunday would take place.  That is proof again that the body has to work together.  It will happen when each part of the body does what it can.  Are you doing what you can?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul