I read a Calvin and Hobbes© cartoon that seemed quite appropriate. Young Calvin came up with a new money making scheme. He overturned a cardboard box for a stand, wrote some words on the box, and placed it on the street next to his house. He sat behind the box and waited patiently for customers; however none came. Before too long, Hobbes, Calvin’s stuffed tiger came by and asked him, “So how is business?” Calvin replied annoyed, “Just terrible.” Hobbes then looks at the words written on the box that read, “A swift kick in the seat of the pants- $1.00!” Hobbes sat down to sympathize with Calvin’s lack of business and said, “No business? Boy that is hard to believe!” Equally befuddled and disappointed Calvin threw out his arms in exasperation and said, “I just cannot understand it either! Everybody I know needs exactly what I am selling.”
What the world needs from us, what our families need from us, what our co-workers need from us, and what our churches need from us is contribution! We need to contribute to others and to their lives. We need to get to work for the glory of God and the good of others all around us. As God’s people we should be people of action. We should be people with initiative and energy as we strive to make a difference. We need to be people who will give God our very best the first time and show His love to others in how we serve. Could it be that what we need is that “swift kick in the pants?”
What we do not need to be is lazy or to become loiters. We don’t need excuses; we need examples. We need workers and not whiners. We need fruitfulness and not just a bunch of fluff. What we need to do is to follow the example of God’s Word when it says in James 1:22, “But be doers of the Word and not hearers only.” Today you can make a difference! Your life can prove to be significant just through your actions. Now is the time to serve God and serve others. Do not miss your opportunity.
Don't know where to start? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you. One great place to jump in and learn how to share what Jesus has done in your life is to enlist in FAITH Evangelism at First Marion. I'd love to talk to you about that today.