BIBS OR APRONS?
Bibs are for people who only want to be fed.
Bibs are for those who are not yet ready or willing to feed themselves.
Bibs are for those who are more interested in being served than in serving.
Bibs are for those who insist that the church exists for them and their needs.
Bibs are for babes in the faith, those who haven't caught God's vision for the church, or those who are not yet of the faith.
Aprons are for those who have a heart to serve others in Jesus' name.
Aprons are for those who know that they are the church.
Aprons are for those who don't mind getting their hands dirty.
Aprons are for those who take the time daily to feed their spiritual hunger.
Aprons are for those who are growing in faith and hunger to help others grow.
On the night when He was betrayed, just hours before he was crucified, the very Son of God took off His outer garments, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed His disciples' feet. When he was done he said,
"I have just given you an example to follow."
In other words, Jesus called his disciples to wear aprons, not bibs.
In Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying,
"For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."
He also said,
"If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it."
Jesus calls us to wear aprons, not bibs. Which are you wearing?
"Lord Jesus, thank you for feeding me daily with your Word. Fill me with your redeeming love. Open my eyes to clearly see the needs of those around me, and then open my hands to serve them. Strengthen me each day with your Spirit, so that I might choose to wear an apron, not a bib. This I pray in your name. Amen."
Till next time,
PS On Sunday, August 5, Pastor Joe will wrap up our current sermon series on relationships with a message about “Loving Others.”
Beginning Sunday, August 12, we will launch a new series of messages as we take a closer look at the Old Testament book of Joshua. We will learn from the challenges and experiences that Joshua encountered and then apply the lessons learned from trusting God to our own Christian lives. (You may want to prepare yourself by beginning to read through Joshua)