Have you ever accidentally left a dinner plate on the counter overnight? You had a great meal, and now the rock-hard detritus of dinner mocks you. You could break out the brillo, pull out the heavy gear, and spend a few minutes worth of elbow grease fighting every particle of time-aged residue. But I usually don’t go that route. I usually run a shallow sink of sudsy water and soak the dish for a while. Hot water and Dawn do wonderful things to a job I didn’t want to work that hard to complete. An hour later, what was once a caked-on headache is now much easier to remove.
What warm water and soap does to the debris on a dish, abiding in Christ does to the Christian. There are any number of battles we fight with temptation. There are numerous times where our desire for good is sidelined by our desire. And the answer, in many people’s minds, is to attack those problems head-on. Read all the books. Go to all the seminars. Take classes. Scrub every particle clean through your own force of will. Then you can be clean. Then you will be useful. Then you will be where you need to be. But Christ seems to be more of a “soak” kind of person. Not that we should avoid our problems—far from it! But He tells us that we can be clean and useful when we abide in Him and His word.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our members who came to our art event yesterday to volunteer and to paint. What a wonderful day! We had approximately 40 people total. Many of these were guests from the community with no affiliation to the church of Christ.
This art event was centered around rock painting. It sounds weird, right? But rock painting seems to be all the rage right now in Martin County. All ages are painting rocks, hiding them for others to find, and out with their friends and family hunting for painted rocks. It’s a great community phenomenon and I’m so glad our congregation was able to share in this.
Be sure to check the church Instagram @jtcoc to see some of our favorite rocks and some pictures of the fun!
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another… 1 Thessalonians 5:11
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! It’s a day of festivity and rivalry. A day of “my team is better than your team!” It’s easy to razz our rivals in football today. Hopefully this is done in good fun and with no lasting consequences to friendship!
Whether sports teams or political candidates or current world issues or anything else that divide us, it is important to remember what unites us. And what unites us is THE most important thing. Our love for Jesus. Our fidelity to his service. Our care and compassion for our neighbors.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31