Weekly Word with Randy Muse

Monday was a busy day.  I did manage to find some time for lunch, though I didn’t want to spend much time or money. I remembered the $4.99 meals at Captain D’s and my heart smiled.

As I approached at 1:30 that afternoon, I could see that the parking lot was full, and there was a truck pulled in to make a delivery. I thought to myself, “This will take a while, but this is where I’m eating.” To my surprise, as I walked in, I only saw one person at the counter. Everyone either had their food, or did in a matter of minutes.  The lady at the register was almost too friendly. The drive through was humming, and the lady working it had made a slight mistake. The manager in the kitchen assured her that it was an easy fix, and that she was doing a great job. 

Upon entering the restroom to wash my hands, I realized there wasn’t even a piece of tissue or towel on the floor. Making my way to my table, I noticed how they all were encouraging one another and feeding off each other’s compliments. They were a well oiled machine of four. Yes, as I exited after my meal, I asked the lady who had moved from her place at the register to sweeping the floor; “How many people are clocked in right now?”  She said “four.”

Immediately I thought, “They sure are a productive and concerned team.” I asked myself, “Isn’t this what the Church is supposed to be like?”  Hebrews 10:24,25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

How can we claim to be “like Christ”, when most of our focus is on us? The last person Jesus wanted to serve or focus his attention on was Jesus! Everywhere He went, He stirred up love and good works. As the Church, we should strive to do so. As local churches we should do the same.

Not only does the word of God command us to be in church, but also it instructs us to be the church. To be that well oiled machine that lifts up, encourages, bears the burdens of, and blesses God and each other. Each one of us has a unique and special gift to offer to our fellow brothers and sisters, as well as to those who are being saved. We’ll all be better for it, and for right now, there’s time. Be Busy. Be blessed.