So, yesterday I go to a friend’s house to help her separate and sort shoes to take on a mission trip to Mexico. I had made spaghetti the night before so I brought lunch over. We ate, separated, tagged, and bagged shoes, then it was time for me to go. Tina and I went to the kitchen to gather my things. I put the spaghetti, which was nicely showcased in my vintage Pyrex dish, into my handy dandy carrying bag but it was too full to zip. I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal since it had to be carried by two handles anyway, so I zipped it as far as I could.
Naturally, as I was leaving I was flapping my gums. I picked up the overstuffed bag, obviously not paying too much attention to the way I was holding it, and my beautiful Pyrex dish, containing my yummy spaghetti, slid right out and right on to her tile floor. BOOM! The dish was broken. Glass was everywhere! And the spaghetti was ruined! And on top of all that I cut myself while picking up glass! And I was so looking forward to more of that spaghetti!
As we were cleaning the mess off my friend’s floor she said, “You’ve forced me to clean my floors! It needed doing but I didn’t want to do it!” I totally agreed that I’m the same way. Then she said, “It’s a shame that it takes a disaster to make us clean up the messes in our lives.” And ain’t that the truth! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let something go knowing I needed to do something! For instance, the friend I know I should apologize to, or when I know I should be respecting my husband more, or paying him more attention . What about all those times God told me to say something to someone and I didn’t because I was too embarrassed?
Sometimes we actually see the disaster, like the loss of a friendship, or our spouses turning to another or divorce. But what about the disasters we don’t see?! Like the stranger we should’ve witnessed to, who gets killed in a car wreck in the way hom? Just how bad will things have to get for us [Christians] to realize that it’s time we stopped being so self centered and for us to start being completely Christ centered?!?How many disasters will you have to account for on judgement day?! What will you miss out on because of stubbornness or pride? I don’t know about you, but those questions scare the hell outta me!
If you claim Christ as your savior, yet you’re doing nothing to further His kingdom, then I suggest you check yourself! If you claim Christ as your savior, but you’re mean spirited and don’t feel love for others, I suggest you do some soul searching! If you claim Christ as your savior, and you won’t speak up for Him in a crowd, get some spiritual gonads! If you claim Christ as Lord of your life yet don’t give a rat’s rump about the poor, the widowed, or the orphaned, mthen I’d be willing to bet you never worked out your salvation with fear and trembling *Philippians 2:12.
Faith without works is dead *James 2:17. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control *Galatians 5:22-23. Does your life exhibit those traits? Is your faith dead? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot of work that needs doing! I don’t want to keep leaving behind messes and missing out on what God has for me! Lord, help us all be more like you! Help hose who don’t know you, or are unsure of their salvation to run to You with open, ready to work arms! Have mercy on us! In Jesus’ name amen!