Our almost 4-year-old daughter, Harper is very wild, outgoing and silly (she takes after her father). However, she’s also a loving, gentle and surprisingly honest soul for her age. We found a dollar once on the ground at Giant Eagle and after I asked the lady in front of us if it belonged to her, she said no, and suggested I give it to my little girl. Harper, of course said, “No, oh my gosh! I would never keep that! What if someone comes back looking for it? Maybe a kid dropped it out of his cart when his mommy was pushing him.” She talked about it continuously for the next hour or so, expressing great concern for the owner of the famous missing dollar. These responses are pretty common for her.
However, despite all of this sweetness and integrity, she has recently been going through a that’s not my job phase. Anytime, we tell or ask her to do something, that’s the reply we receieve. All of a sudden, it feels like I am arguing with a teenager (and we already have enough of that in this house).
Yesterday, when I asked her to put her pants away, of course I get, “That’s not my job” once again. I then asked her, “Would if everybody did that?” As in no one listened to their mommies and everyone left their clothes all over the place. She got a kick out of it because that question is actually the title of one of her favorite books. But then I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to my heart and remind me that many of us Christians aren’t much different. We seem to have this that’s not my job mentality. And yet, the church is meant to function in such way where there is no one in need among us. My goodness, how we have strayed, compromised and misprioritized as the body of Christ. When we chose to follow Him, we were also accepting a job offer (one that we didn’t deserve nor were qualified for outside of His grace). In fact, it’s the most important “job” there is, ever was and ever will be – besides the mission Christ came to fulfill, of course. And the reward we will receieve is unlike anything this world could ever offer. We know God is not some dictating, horrible boss that views us as little minions. He is still our loving, just and merciful Father, but when we entered into a relationship with Him, it did come with commands that are made very clear in His word. We are all at different points in our journeys and should always be learning, but ultimately, the core message is still the same: Following Christ equals dying to ourselves and doing our best to live selflessly. I know I need to work on that quite a bit! Our culture may perceive putting others first as weakness, but in reality, exercising selflessness requires an abundance of strength. It’s always easy to be selfish, but it’s extremely difficulty at times to love the “unlovable”, have self-control and walk in humility. Good thing He helps us there too.
Our pastor gave a great message last Sunday where he discussed how our compassion toward others should result in some sort of action. Let’s remember today, that if it’s anyone’s job to love and care for others, it’s ours, as Christians. Even if all you can offer at times is prayer, it’s still an investment of time and it’s an incredibly powerful thing to do for someone. Don’t underestimate the little things either, like helping someone carry their groceries, babysitting for a couple who could use a break etc.
When you aren’t sure what to do, pray for God to provide opportunities. There is no shortage of needs to be met and there is no shortage of people to love on. Let’s keep our eyes wide open for ways to share our Father’s love through our actions on a regular basis. After all, it is our job….
God bless you, peeps!