Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
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Romans 12:4 we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. (The Message Bible)
John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Acts 28:15 The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged.
I’ve discovered Marco Polo, have you? Marco Polo is an app for cell phones that allows you to share short videos with other individuals or small groups you create. My children guided me through all this, of course, and since then we have had daily interactions that keep us up to date with one another and usually the whole family. It is the blessing of technology but it doesn’t replace having them in the living room sharing stories and laughs together over food and drink. You can’t hug a cell phone. Woody Allen is credited with saying that 80% of life is just showing up. The people in the above verse showed up for Paul as he was concluding a long and dangerous journey as a prisoner to Rome. These folks showed up so Paul would know he was not alone as he faced trial in the coming months. They showed up because they shared a common concern for Jesus and therefore each other. This week consider, for whom is God asking you to “show up”?
Genesis 2:2-4 By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. (The Message Bible)
It is interesting that our culture ends its summer vacation season with a holiday celebrating labor! Teachers and students are taking a deep breath and preparing for the marathon that is the school year. Lots of others are remembering the fun of relaxing time off and/or away in the sun. Meanwhile, Monday honors all the work that builds and sustains our society and world. According to the Bible, work is good. Rest is good. Life is good when we keep the balance between the two. It reflects something of the nature of God according to the above verse. Rest can become laziness. Work can become obsession. Both can be the blessing God intended when lived in faithfulness. How will you faithfully keep the proper balance between work and rest, activity and sabbath, in the coming year?
Luke 16:11, 12 Jesus went on to make these comments:
If you’re honest in small things,
you’ll be honest in big things;
If you’re a crook in small things,
you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs,
who will put you in charge of the store? (The Message Bible)
If you like nostalgia or you are easing into your seniorhood you may remember a song titled Little Things Mean A Lot (www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=35&v=2C7SzKv2uLU). It was a hit for Kitty Kellen in 1953. I don’t think she was inspired by the story in Luke 16 but both make a similar point. Life in general, and particularly in relationships, are composed mostly of little things, day to day activities and attitudes. Done repetitively over the years, these are the things that determine to a large extent who we really are and what our lives are all about. Sure, there are the big moments in life that get much of the stories and attention, but they are mostly few and far between, while how we handle the time in-between that makes a big difference. Do the little things mean a lot to God? Jesus indicates that it does. What little things, particularly in the context of relationships, would God wish you focused more faithfully?