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Listen while you read: "Where Cross The Crowded Ways Of Life"1 (Lyrics)
Gran never took her apron off unless she entertained company in the front room. Her aprons served as splash collectors, pot holders, egg carriers, and wash cloths for a fevered child's brow. I never saw her use an apron to wash or dry feet, but I might have been away that day.
If someone volunteered to help, she'd offer an apron. If they refused, Gran knew that they had no intention of stirring the gravy or collecting eggs from the chicken house. These "bib" folks would happily set a chair to the table, but the only lifting they managed was a fork to the mouth. They came for the service, not for the serving.
We all wore bibs when we first met Jesus. Most of us grew up enough to hand in our bibs for aprons. We found a place to serve in our church. Perhaps we teach Sunday school or volunteer at the homeless shelter. We might be on the mission field or leading our neighbour to Christ. How exciting!
Unfortunately, the bibbed ones continue to sit at the fellowship table, demanding to be fed. They feel they aren't ready or even qualified to do more. They sure are missing out, because Jesus is an apron kind of guy.
John 13:4 – So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. (MSG)
Matthew 20:26-28 – Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (NIV)
What if we all put on our aprons and did our part for the faith?
What if we don't?
Romans 11:9 – And David says, Let their table (their feasting, banqueting) become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a just retribution [rebounding like a boomerang upon them]. (AMP)
Prayer: Lord, thanks for giving us a jolt in the right direction. We haven't been fooling anybody, especially You, for You know our thoughts. Amen.
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