What It Takes

Doing What It Takes


Last week we were traveling down Texas loop 79 outside of Del Rio when all of a sudden we run smack dab into a swarm of bugs. Now... we cannot see, so Laurie presses the windshield washer button. Well, that didn't work as planned, because no washer fluid came out. At first it was difficult to see - and now it is almost impossible to see because we just smeared the bugs!


We had to pull off the road; I got out the windshield fluid, opened the hood, and poured it in. Funny, we were not out of fluid; I could only pour in less than half a gallon. Now what? If we were to call for help - on the road - our pictures would be on the wall of shame. So, picture this: I am standing on the highway making sure I don't get hit, pouring washer fluid into a red Solo cup and throwing it up on the windshield - while Laurie works the wipers. It took a little bit of time, but it worked. That is what it took. 


That is the way life is, isn't it?

 

It is the same with our Christian life.

Because we are in a covenant with God we are held to a higher standard of living. We are expected to serve both God and man out of love for both.


Outside of the cross, I think one of the best examples of Jesus doing what it took is in John chapter 8, where He washes the disciples feet. It was considered common courtesy in Hebrew culture to have water available to wash the feet of guests.  Someone from the house would be given that duty - even if it was the head of the house. When everyone walked in the upper room they all had to see the water - but each disciple just walked on by, thinking it is for someone else to do that. Not Jesus. He got His hands dirty.


When we look at our own lives we have to ask ourselves, "Am I doing what it takes?"
How do I do what it takes? Am I in the word every day? Do I know what my family needs? 


Philippians 2:3-4 teaches "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." This is a good summary on this topic. We do serve others in humility but don't forget ourselves.

 

Like Larry the Cable Guy says, "Get'R Done!"


From the road and in Christ, 
wally. 




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