Cleaning Up the Tables
At my nephew’s wedding, my sister-in-law, with family and friends, had beautifully decorated the old Filter Building on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake in Dallas, but about 10PM, after an incredible four hours of celebration, I was ready to go home.
I went to tell my son it was time to head back to Midlothian, but his hands were filled with trash from the tables. Now earlier in the evening I was honored to officiate the ceremony in front of everyone, but Josh reminded me that it was now time to do the really important job—help clean up.
In the secular kingdom everyone tries to climb up to the positions where they can sit down and never have to do the dirty jobs like cleaning up left-overs and trash, but Jesus says over and over that in the Kingdom that actually counts only the servants get ahead.
“Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum. When they had settled into the house, Jesus asked, ‘What were you all arguing about on the way?’ They got real quiet because they had been arguing while they traveled over who would be the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus summoned his disciples and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all.’ Then he took a young child and stood him right in the middle of them all and wrapping his arms around the child, Jesus said, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me, but the one who sent me.’” Mark 9:33-37
I had a special time at my nephew’s wedding not only joining Josh in helping clean up the tables, but before the wedding party arrived, I got to talk with a young boy who wanted to tell me all about seeing the latest Marvel Movie. He had to make sure that I knew that Spider Man was his favorite action hero.
LORD, thanks that you built young children to hunger for action heroes. Help me to serve the children I meet and introduce them to the most marvelous hero of all—a hero that won’t turn out to be make believe when they grow up. I also want to thank you today that you love to put your arms around precious young children and shine the spotlight on them.
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