Working With Jesus
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NRSV)
A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water. Proverbs 11:25 (NRSV)
Griffith Harlow comes from North Carolina. During one of his first mission trips to Mexico, they stayed in the minister's home next to the church and worked along-side the people in the community. Although the trip was nearly 30 years ago, Griffith recalls one Wednesday like it was yesterday.
While they were working, an elderly woman came to the nearby community well. She filled two buckets with water, then carefully placed them on a yoke across her shoulders. After just a few steps along the rocky path home, she stumbled and fell, spilling the water. A member from our team rushed off his ladder. He helped her up, brushed dirt off of her, refilled her buckets, and carried them to her home.
During a church service that evening, when they were asked to share where they had seen Christ that week, one man told about painting with Jesus, another said he did carpentry with Jesus, and then the elderly woman recounted how Jesus helped with her water. That experience continues to live with Griffith as he asks daily, "How am I being Jesus?"
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that even simple acts can be performed in Jesus' name, Help us to continuously share your love with others, in Jesus' name, amen.