Sunday, November 29, 2015

Let's Build a Snowman!

But now hath God set the members everyone of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.   
I Corinthians 12:18-20

We're planning a Christmas party here at God's Two Acres. We're all bringing recipes/instructions for building an edible snowman. I saw the coolest little marshmallow cupcake snowman on a commercial the other day, but now I can't seem to find it online. Guess I'll have to depend on memory and guesswork. 

I'm glad God didn't depend on guesswork when he constructed me or when he built His church. When we build snowmen, we build the body, then add the eyes, a carrot nose, a mouth, the scarf and buttons, arms, and maybe a broomstick. Everything is joined together and balanced so the snowman doesn't tumble over; and he looks like a recognizable resemblance of a person. We're copying, though ever so poorly, the greatest creation of God - a person. Children often complain of copycats but I always tell them a copycat is paying the highest form of flattery because others wouldn't try to copy something they didn't think was good. Snowmen are a lot like Christians. They're white! Salvation washes away our sin and makes us whiter than snow (Ps. 51:7).

God compares the church to the human body. Every member of the church has a special job, a purpose that helps that particular church and advances the kingdom of God. If we all tried to be the pastor, who would lead singing or sing in the choir? If we all tried to play the piano or organ, what a racket; and where would be the preaching? If we all tried to teach, who would listen? Even the jobs no one notices are important. We definitely would notice a dirty sanctuary and a smelly bathroom. In smaller churches we may multi-task to get all the work done but we still have to work together for everything to work correctly. And like a snowman, the church must be made of individuals whose sins have been washed away. The church must be whiter than snow. 

How do you fit into the work of the church? First you must be born again or you cannot be part of a church. Then God will put you in the position He feels best suited for your abilities.  Never feel your work is unimportant or is more important than someone else. Remember that those who were given talents were held accountable for using those talents and then given more according to their abilities (Matt 25:14-30). 

Blessings for a white Christmas,

Hey Kids:

Wanna build an edible snowman?

Have mom or dad help you make a batch of cupcakes.
You'll need some white icing ( confectioner sugar, melted butter and a tablespoon or two of milk will make plenty).
A couple of marshmallows for each cupcake.
Eyes and mouth may be chocolate chips.
A nose can be candy corn or jelly beans.
Chocolate chips again for buttons.
A fruit rollup cut in strips will make a nice scarf.
Pretzels are easy arms.
A chocolate cream cookie, aka Oreo, twisted and opened can be the base of the hat
a mini Reese's cup will make the top of the hat.  

Frost the top of each cupcake. 
Add the first marshmallow.
Place a dab a icing on the top of the first marshmallow and add the second marshmallow.
More icing on top of the second marshmallow and add the base of the hat.
Icing on the hat base, then add the Reese's piece.
The additional pieces may be pushed into the marshmallows or stuck on with a dab more icing for glue. 

Roll down a small clear gift bag. Place a base if white sugar, then place the snowman on top. Gently lift the bag up over the snowman. Tie the top off with a twist tie and maybe a little ribbon. Now you have gifts for friends and family. 

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