Seeing The Gospel Move; One Box At A Time

It seems that three unwritten qualifications for vocational ministry that every young pastor needs to have are: a strong back, a pickup truck, or at least an uncanny natural ability level for Tetris. Furthermore, it would be advantageous to come to grips sooner than later, that even one of the three would ensure ministry sustainability in any context!

This week, as you might easily guess, I helped someone move... ...again. And, while this has become somewhat commonplace for me and many others connected to the local church, I'm reminded that for many people, this is necessarily the case. Many of our friends who don't come from a church background find it very difficult to assemble enough people to make their move, even a simple one one across town, even bearable. In considering this, I want to bring to light today how much of an opportunity helping someone move really is to make the Gospel tangible and accessible to everyday life. Here are a few ideas as well for helping a friend move. (No heavy lifting required)

1. Bring a meal. Not thanksgiving. Think about food without utensils, tables, or chairs.
2. Bring packing supplies. Not enough to bubble wrap the house, but extra just in case. 
3. Watch a pet. Not until the next moon cycle, but for an hour to give it relief from chaos. 
4. Offer a vehicle. Not for the winter solstice, but until they can pack / unpack their own. 

Christ followers have been challenged to love God, love each other, and love the world. When a person sacrifices their own time, and gives some sweat equity to help someone else, they look a lot like what Jesus would look like if he were living in our neighborhood, shopping at our grocery stores, and working in the next cubicle down the line. Don't you think he would be open to lending a hand if someone needed it? I believe he would! So, why don't you make an effort to be available next time help is needed?

Pastor Milo


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