Insignificant Essentials

5 Nov

I’m old enough to remember when having pocket change was almost a necessity. One never knew when he might need a nickel to make a phone call. And pennies? Well, they were the primary food for parking meters. My mom saved every steel penny that passed through her purse. She swore they racked up extra minutes on the meter. She would always grab a handful of her special coins from her penny jar before heading out for town.

Recently while in line in a fast food place, a woman in front of the line dropped a coin. Her immediate reaction was to spy and retrieve it. Seeing it was a penny, she simply waived it off. I thought I would pick it up when I got to the front because someone could step and slip on it. However, a bit of confusion while placing our order with our youngest grandson in tow bumped that intention from my mind. So much for another phrase: “take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”

And a saying that really makes me smile is the old standard phrase, “Hey, buddy, can you spare a dime for a cup of coffee?” Somehow, saying Can you spare $5 for a quadruple shot grande whole milk with whipped cream white chocolate peppermint mocha latte? doesn’t have the same ring to it.

With Jesus, too

When and how did things that once carried so much weight become so insignificant? Also, how unfortunate that the same drift has happened in the spiritual side of our lives. My wife and I were talking about a simple example of that this morning. She commented on how often we skip through the greetings in the New Testament letters to get to the meat of them. You know, the “I Paul, an apostle yada, yada…love…your sincere…in Jesus Christ.” Now on with the good stuff, right?

I shouldn’t have to remind myself, but it’s all good stuff. Take for example this verse we read in the greeting this morning. Philippians 1:8 “For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.” My first response to this verse went something like this: There’s a difference between the desire to go to family or class reunions and the desire based on and fueled by the affection of Jesus Christ.

In our early married life, we wished we didn’t have to choose which Bible study to go to and which to skip. We couldn’t make it to each one, but we wanted to. Our hearts thrilled with being with the other believers and seeing things in the Word we had missed seeing before. Gradually, life pressures squeezed out the Bible studies so that Sunday mornings became the only time the church assembled. We were part of the reason. Homeschooling our kids at the time filled our calendars, thoughts, and emotions to the point we actually sighed with relief that an hour or two was freed up.

Then we are reminded:

• Revelation 2:5 “Remember therefore from where you have fallen,”
• Hebrews 10: 24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”
• And the verses we heard in this past Sunday gathering, Hebrews 12:12-13 “ Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.”

The good news is I sense a re-awakening, the fire of His love being rekindled in the hearts of believers. Old challenges seem to be taking on new or deeper meanings. The currency of God’s kingdom never changes in value. None of His grace should ever be waived off. When Christ dwells in our hearts, we should share in his affection toward others. The magnetism of His Spirit should make a difference each time believers come together and each time He wants to do something special. Watch for it. Pray for it. I believe it’s beginning to happen.

One Response to “Insignificant Essentials”

  1. Heather Roberts at 5:18 am #

    Agreed.

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