Sometimes we may struggle & be frustrated with our physical limitations. However, Paul embraces our imperfect physiques & contends that they can be a powerful witness for Christ. Consider these 2 “articles” that I came across this past week:
(Associated Press) Washington, D.C. – 2009 A.D. Local Auto Dealers, with the assistance of the U.S. Government’s taxpayer, is announcing a program called “Cash for Clunkers.” Where, despite your current automobile’s flaws, idiosyncrasies & dents, you can receive a $4,500 voucher toward the purchase of a new car.
Mitt & Sue Bishi, spokespersons for local auto dealers, offered these comments: “What if you have an old clunker that doesn’t have much power anymore? It is still worth $4,500. What if you have an old clunker that barely moves? It is still worth $4.5K. What if you have an old clunker with flecks of gray showing through its paint job? It is still worth 45 C-Notes. Every car still has great value that may not be obvious to the naked eye. It’s always tempting to see what the car can’t do, as opposed to realizing that it can still be of great value to someone, sometime, someplace. So head down to your local redemption center (authorized auto dealership) & start enjoying your new ride today!”
(Associated Papyrus) Corinth – Circa 54 A.D. The local congregation of Christians, with the Apostle Paul’s leadership, is announcing a program called “Value for Vessels.” The emphasis is that in spite of our body’s limitations, imperfections, & age you can receive a priceless voucher toward the purchase of a new life in service.
A spokesperson for the program, offered these comments: “What if you aren’t able to lift much anymore? God can do amazing things with even those whose strength is diminished. (How much heavy lifting is really required to help guide a children’s Sunday School class?) What if you aren’t as fast as you once were? God can do amazing things with those who are a step slower than their prime. (How fast do you need to run to be a reading tutor to a child in need?) What if your hairline is receding or turning a distinguished gray before you might wish? Christ is excited to have helpers for His kingdom, regardless of whether one’s hair is short & sassy or thinning & gray. (The color of your hair doesn’t impact your ability to be a congregational care minister. Seriously!) Every body has great value that may not be obvious to the naked eye. It’s always tempting to see what our body cannot do, as opposed to realizing it can still be of great value to someone, sometime, someplace in God’s Kingdom. So head down to your local redemption center (church) & start enjoying your new life today!”
Darren Lippe serves as co-leader of the “Loving God” Learning Community at The Church of the Resurrection.