Sunday, August 28, 2016

Preserving - Not a One Person Job

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  James 1:22

The apples are ripening and the clan wants to come over. They're all fiends for apple jelly, so I'll be passing along the knowledge of how it's done. I've given them the recipe, but no one has followed it yet. That's okay because I love doing things together as a family. There will be jobs for the youngest to the oldest. That would be me. The youngest is only a few months old so he's in charge of entertainment. The kids love the apple peeler. The boys love to use a knife. We'll need people to measure sugar and spices and squeeze hot jelly bags of cooked peels. Someone has to put all the apple pieces in the crock pot for apple butter, and someone needs to wash jelly jars (thank goodness for a dishwasher). A great time will be had by all!

Preserving becomes a joyful job when everyone participates, but what about preserving souls? That seems to be only the pastors' or the Sunday School teachers' job. There's something wrong with this picture. If we merely listen to sermons, but never actually help do the job of soul winning and discipling believers, nothing will ever be accomplished. We are deceiving ourselves if we think we do the work of the kingdom from the church pew. It's more fun when we share the work and rejoice together in the accomplishments. 

Hey Kids:

Do you love all things apples? 
Is there someone in your family who knows how to make jams and jellies and fruit butters?
Offer to give Mom or Grandma a hand.
What does Dad know how to do? Grilling? Woodwork? Mechanicing? 
The Amish have a saying, "Many hands make light work."
We can all welcome help from others.

Pastors and teachers can also use your help. 
Is there a group at church you can join that reaches out to win souls and disciple them? 
Maybe there are kids in your neighborhood or school that can benefit from your friendship. 
Even a child is known by his doings...Proverbs 20:11 

May we all be doers of the Word,


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