Of Milkshakes and Ministry - Part Deux
Finally, we have the issue of durability and endurance. The paper straws turn to mush and begin to unravel after an hour in my cup. I often have to get a second paper straw just to make it through one milkshake. Whereas, I could wash and reuse the plastic ones for weeks, if I really needed to. Those rascals can go the distance!
I wonder . . . in our Christian walk, are we more like paper or plastic straws?
Do we embrace our differences--the ones given to us by God? Or, are we bowing to cultural pressure to be just like everyone else? God has made us each so beautifully different.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 tells us, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
God also wants us to give big drinks of Him to others through the lives we live. People shouldn’t have to work hard to get a taste of Him. As the Scripture says, His living water should flow from our inmost being like a river. The straw of you and me should be so wide and open that it ushers others into the very presence of God's goodness, of all that He is. Nothing, not even little things, should stop the flow.