God DOES Care About The Small Things

God DOES answer prayers!
Sometimes I wonder if God cares about the less significant aspects of our lives, like when I see hockey or football players all asking God to bless them with a win.
The Bible instructs us to bring everything to Him in prayer (Philippians 4:6), not leaving out anything at all. This concept is hard for me because when I think of how great God is I see the teeny tiny things that matter to me as insignificant to Him. I mean He created the universe in a word! He spoke life into existence, He manages the weather and the solar system. What does God care if my feelings are hurt, or how tough work has been, or if my kids are driving me crazy? And yet He says to bring it all to Him.
Jesus’ first recorded miracle in John 2:1-11 where He turns water into wine is a good example of how He cares even about the smaller things in our life. I mean here He is at a wedding when the wine supply runs dry. Jesus’ mother is the one who calls on Him to do something and in what can only be an act of honoring his mother, Jesus obeys her and performs a miracle turning water into wine so that the guests have more to drink. Moreover, this miracle saves the wedding party from embarrassment. At the end of the day Jesus could have done nothing, it’s just a wedding where people were probably going to drink too much anyway, but Jesus cares about the wedding party and prevents their embarrassment, actually His miracle makes the wedding party look even better because some of the guests commented on how great it was that they brought out the “good stuff” later rather than sooner.
The first miracle in the Bible performed by Jesus is not a healing or bringing the dead back to life, it was an act of obedience to His mother, one that helped someone with what really is just a small spec in the greater, much larger picture of life.
God cares about the small things! I know this in my life as He has answered the prayers of many of my small things. When I asked Him to bring me to a church where I could feel like I belong, He answered and gave me Meadow Brook! When I asked Him for some people I could trust and to talk to about those smaller things that feel like are bigger things, He gave me some awesome new friends. When I asked Him to make me a better husband and father He gave me a wife that loves me when I shouldn’t be loved and kids that adore me – warts and all.
Our God cares about us and all of our little struggles and of course the bigger struggles too, point is, He cares and He answers prayers. Bring it all to Him and see what happens.

An Awakening in the City

I spent a few days in Canada’s largest city this week, and even though it was a business trip I was able to glean much from the experience that I can apply to my personal life. Skyscraper after skyscraper, building after building, the city of Toronto is home to millions. I did more than my fair share of walking around taking in the sights, sounds and smells of downtown T.O. One of the things that struck me was how everyone walked, everywhere. The streets and sidewalks were crowded day and night with walkers, all going in different directions. Which is a good thing, walking is healthy after all. In the middle of those crowds however, hiding in plain sight, unseen by the vast majority of those walkers live the forgotten, former walkers – Toronto’s homeless. 

On one of my walks I came upon a man sleeping on top of a sewer grate. It kept him warm you see, and since nobody cared if he smelled a little unsavory, he welcomed the warm air escaping the city’s underbelly. He looked like the homeless person you’re imagining right now – long grey beard, messy hair, tattered clothing, leathery skin that hadn’t been washed in years and not far from his reach sat the shopping cart that secured his belongings while he slept, shivering in the cold. 

At first I thought it odd, the spot he picked to sleep, right in the middle of the sidewalk. I was able to put the pieces together quickly enough and realized it was the sewer warmth that invited him there, and maybe, just maybe someone who walks by will actually notice him there and take pity on him. Maybe they’ll leave a sandwich for him, a few coins in his cup or leave a blanket that smelled of home, rather than the alternative. Nobody did, not even me. I did hesitate, but only because you don’t see this in my hometown, but the pace of city life beckoned and the crowd urged me forward as they brushed past me, subtly telling me to keep moving. So the crowds moved past him, walking around him as if he were a fire hydrant or some other immovable object in their path. And the man slept. 

I was early for my meeting so I ducked into a nearby Tim Hortons where I encountered two more of T.O’s homeless enjoying a cup of coffee, they must have gotten their hands on some money I thought to myself, quickly realizing how ignorant I am when it comes to homelessness. Their conversation was distasteful, at best. Ridden with cuss words and obscenities that would make a sailor blush, the two of them ranted on about racism and Donald Trump and the problems of the world. I wondered if the obviously louder than necessary conversation was more for the benefit of those around them, than for themselves. My suspicions were confirmed when a passerby held the door for them as they left the coffee shop, one of them thanked the guy for noticing that they needed help and apologized for the language. They just wanted to be noticed, that’s all. Instead, everyone (again including myself) would rather just move on than have to face someone with bigger problems than their own. And the two disappeared into the crowd and down the sidewalk. 

Leaving the coffee shop I noticed that I had gotten two breakfast sandwiches instead of the one I asked for, after checking the receipt and realizing they did indeed charge me for two I decided that instead of making a fuss I’ll just give the extra sandwich to a homeless person. Walking through a park I came across said homeless person and decided that he was the one. He took the sandwich, thanked me and I carried on with my walk. Now, I know that it was a small gesture, one that happened only because Tim Hortons misunderstood my order, but that didn’t stop me from congratulating myself, patting myself on the back, and letting the feelings of superhero-dom take me over. Look at me, I’m a giver, if only everyone were like me. 

Then I realized the problem (or at least part of it), me! Me, and everyone like me who walks by the guy sleeping on the sewer grate, ignores the cries for help from the cussing pair in the coffee shop, and oblivious to the fact that I would have walked by the hungry guy in the park if it weren’t for someone else’s mistake. I didn’t go out of my way to help someone, I was a tourist going for a walk, admiring the buildings and the architecture, the history and you know what I’ve come to realize? Cities today are nothing more than modern versions of the tower of Babel. 

There I was, in the middle of a city, worshipping what man has done. I spent the night in a hotel room that cost more for one night than it would to feed a dozen homeless people for a week! Granted, I didn’t pay for that room but nevertheless, still true. My valet parking voucher could’ve bought a nice fur coat for the man sleeping on the sewer. My dinner voucher could’ve paid for twenty more breakfast sandwiches and my compassion could’ve soothed a couple of troubled souls and not cost anyone a cent. 

If you’re like me, you’re thinking a couple of things right now. A. Many homeless people are there because they did it to themselves, either by refusing to work, making bad decisions, or just plain being dumb. Or B. They’re not my problem, they could go to a shelter, family or at least try and get out of the situation. Admittedly, some might be homeless because of the decisions they made, some might be lazy, some could get a job and fend for themselves if they’d just try. However, I’m going to say something now that you’re going to hate, you might even accuse me of hypocrisy and you’d be right to do so. You might ignore it and you’ll probably think of that person who’s always thumping people on the head with a Bible, but I’m going to say it anyway…

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? 


Or better yet, what did Jesus do? When He met someone in need did He question why they were in need? No, He just helped. Did Jesus ever say that the needy weren’t our problem? Did He just walk by? Ignore them? Or worse yet, did He smite them by accusing them of being sinners? 

I’m not a wealthy person, at least not in terms of money (a statement that’s debatable, but that’s another blog post), my life at home is fairly modest and I don’t blow my earnings on unnecessary luxuries like the accommodations I had in Toronto. Truth be told I loved the room I stayed in, the shower, oh my gosh, the shower! Have you ever been in a shower so big it felt like a room? The shower head was one of those rain shower heads that felt like a tropical waterfall. The floor was heated, the bed was sooo soft, there was a TV in the mirror! the curtains opened and closed at the touch of button, if I left the room and came back only minutes later the hotel cleaning ninjas (that’s what I called them cause you never saw them) cleaned up, put on some soft music, dimmed the lights and left a mint on the pillow just so that when I came back it always felt like the first time. The first morning I was there I went for a coffee at Tim’s and when I came back there was a professional’s preparation kit waiting for me, basically everything someone might need to get all dressed up in a suit and tie, complete with a shoehorn that cost more than the shirt I was wearing from Giant Tiger. A comb encrusted with diamonds (I made that up) and a warm towel for my hands just in case they got cold. All of this was completely new to me, I didn’t need it and didn’t use it. It was all a bit much and I appreciate the experience but it’s not me. I like wearing shorts and shirts I got from the store that teenagers used to shop at. I would’ve been fine at the Holiday Inn Express with a continental breakfast. And most of all, I never felt like I fit in there, nor did I have the desire to. 

So my experience in Toronto was confusing to say the least. On one hand I was being wined and dined and treated like royalty. On the other hand, I was exposed to a level of poverty that shocked me, how could a city so obsessed with individual rights and freedoms allow the homeless population to remain homeless? They were like the invisible inhabitants of the city’s underworld, they would come out of hiding once in a while in hopes of being fed only to be completely ignored. I didn’t get it. 

Then, it occurred to me, on all my walks, all that time spent taking in downtown Toronto, I hadn’t seen but one church. A million people live in the downtown core and there’s only one church? God has been evicted from the city, banished to live in one building and told to stay there. On top of that, God’s Word has become watered down with the waters of relativism. That one church I saw had a large poster near the front door that bragged of being inclusive and welcoming with the rainbow colors as the backdrop. I wonder if they know what the original meaning of the rainbow was? 

Without God the virtues of charity and generosity and compassion have gone the way of the VCR, and chivalry, and the dodo bird. Toronto, like most major urban centers are more like the ancient cities of the Old Testament with their pantheon of gods that aren’t really gods than ever before. They may not necessarily have altars set up and places of worship to go to, but as an outsider looking in it’s clear as day. God and His church are just one of things in their mixed bag of idols, they keep Him there, at arm’s length just in case. Who knows, they might need Him someday. 

Anyway, I really wasn’t trying to judge although it came out that way, it’s just that I see more churches in a town of 30,000 than I saw in Toronto’s downtown. Indicative, I think of the way culture is going. More and more towards what mankind can do, and less and less concerned about what Jesus already did. 

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Everyone has certain things close to their heart – a short list of either people, causes or virtues that shape who they are how they treat others. 

Jesus loves the little children, He saw them differently than the culture around him did. Children weren’t treated the way they are now – they came after everything else and we’re often rejected, disposed of and forgotten. Jesus went counter culture on all of them and even gave a stern warning to anyone who would cause a little one to stumble, saying that it’d be better for an adult to drown in the sea than to even be the cause of one child’s stumbling into sin. 

I have a list too, Jesus…of course, my wife and my kids are the people on it. Autism and foster care are my causes. And patience, forgiveness and grace are my virtues. In no way am I perfect in these things but these are on my list for a reason – Jesus saved me – God blessed me with a wonderful family – He also blessed me with a little boy with autism – He called us to become a foster family from which I’ve seen my son with autism really learn to grow – of the virtues, people often comment on my patience, I’m actively working on forgiveness and grace is something I intentionally use on a daily basis. 

Like I said, that’s not supposed to sound like bragging, rather I want you to know that before Jesus saved me, that list looked different and so did the causes and virtues. 

Jesus does amazing things! Through my wife and kids He made me who I am today, through His grace I was allowed to grow and through it all I continue to rely on Him every single day. 

You, are a child of God. He loves you and can and will do amazing things in your life. Just lay it all down at the cross. 

Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 18:2‭-‬6 NLT
http://bible.com/116/mat.18.2-6.NLT

IS IT TIME TO RETIRE THE ‘SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE CHILD’ VERSE? 

Once upon a time I was the guy who thought new ideas about parenting were all hogwash. All a bunch of new age hippies talkin’ ’bout peace and feelings and way too ready to throw out the good ol’ fashioned methods of parenting. You know the tried and true tough love never talk about your feelings kinda parenting that has worked for years?

More and more I find myself transforming into one of those new age hippies, don’t get me wrong some of the tried and true methods from the days of old have their merits but many of those methods worked better in times gone by because those times? Well, those times, they were different. 

I’m not saying we throw away all the advice offered us from our elders, just that maybe some of it can be filed away in the archives under the title ‘once valid methods that worked, but don’t anymore’. 

Okay, enough with the sarcasm, I grew up in the good ol’ days and I was raised well. My parents did what they could and I think they’re proud of who I became. My M.O is different and it’s not because I think my parents were wrong, because they weren’t. But even they know that today’s world is different, much different than the one I was raised in. I mean just last week in my small hometown a man tried to lure a kid away from a school! That stuff was unheard of where and when I grew up, but it’s all too commonplace nowadays. 

It’s for that reason that I get just a little bit irritated when when I hear people talk like I used to talk about parenting today being weak and fragile versus the parenting of yesteryear being the only true method. 

Yeah! I parent in a way that when seen from the outside may look overbearing, I admit that. But since we’re talking about stuff from the olden days, remember this adage: better safe than sorry? I’m sticking with that one. 

Do you know what the defenders of yesteryear’s parenting use as their defense? The Bible. Problem is their ‘spanking is biblical’ argument comes from a proverb that doesn’t exist, all too often “spare the rod – spoil the child” is quoted and everyone around nods their heads in agreement saying mm hmm, but do you know what it actually says? 

“He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

Proverbs 13:24

Nothing about the affect the lack of discipline being the cause of a spoiled child. The emphasis is on the father who refuses to discipline his child. If he loves his child, he’ll discipline him. Not one word about what the child will turn into without the rod. 

Now when we talk about the rod in that verse there is some debate among scholars about whether or not it actually means a rod – something used to spank, or hit a child in a form of punishment or, a rod -(in the metaphorical sense) something used to guide or steer a child in the right direction in the same way a shepherd uses his rod to steer his sheep. I tend to lean toward the former, not because I think the end all solution for discipline is a good spanking (I don’t) rather because for centuries that was the method used and biblical times would’ve been no different. 

With that said, I tend to disagree with people who use the Old Testament book of Proverbs to defend their use of corporal punishment. Even with the many other uses of the word ‘rod’ in Proverbs I still think we should refer to the words of the Apostles and Jesus in the New Testament and line them up with Proverbs and make a decision based on what the Bible as a whole says, rather than cherry picking a couple of verses that suit what we want. 

For the record, the ‘rod’ is referenced in Proverbs in 29:15, 22:15, 23:13-14, and there may be more depending on the translation you read. 

Do you know what the New Testament says about physical discipline? 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”

Ephesians 6:4 NLT (you’ll find a similar verse in Colossians 3:21)

I have yet to hear a good answer for my question of “how exactly does someone use a rod on their child and NOT provoke them to anger?” 

“In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”

Titus 2:6‭-‬7 NLT

I know that one may not be directed towards fathers per se, but I don’t think we can exclude them, it is talking about teaching and what is a good father if not a teacher?.

“Don’t Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.”

1 Peter 5:3 NLT

“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”
1 Timothy 5:8 NLT

“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:”

Ephesians 6:1‭-‬2 NLT

That one in itself could be a blog post because Jesus quotes the Ten Commandments reiterating that children should HONOR their parents, through honor comes the willingness to obey, not the other way around. I could type for hours about that one.

“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

2 Timothy 3:15‭-‬16 NLT

I’ll ask again, what does the New Testament say about physical discipline? As far as I can find, not a single thing. In fact there’s more about caring, not lording over people, and encouraging one another than anything else. But that doesn’t mean we ignore the OT and it’s references to the rod of discipline, 2 Timothy 3:15-16 says all scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching. So I think that if, at times some form of physical discipline is needed it isn’t wrong per se, but before we use the Bible as it’s defense we need to know the verses in that Book that may offer up an alternative form of discipline. 

Speaking of alternative forms of discipline, God the Father uses the most patient, compassionate, love filled approaches to being a father, so much so that if we saw someone use half that amount of patience on thier kids we would probably call him out for being too soft, giving in too much and not using the rod enough. God the Father disciplines in a way more akin to live and learn rather than the heavy handed obey and submit demands many kids still grow up with, but He does it in a way that is constantly reminding us of the dangers of going against Him 

Yeah, the good ol’ days were good. I cherish a lot of those memories and if I could go back in time and raise my kids in a world that felt safer I would do it in a heartbeat. Rather than reminiscing in our childhood years and thinking “I was raised this way, and I’m fine. So I’m gonna raise my kids this way too” shouldn’t we look at the bigger picture and admit that the world is different now? If that means we can’t let our kids run around town doing God knows what, than maybe that’s a good thing. If we have to adapt our parenting to today and admit that not everyone can be fixed with a spanking, than maybe it’s time. 

Maybe, for those open minded enough to see it, being a parent that actually watches their kids, being someone who prevents bumps and bruises through teaching rather than waiting til after and then scorning them for it is an approach that encourages wisdom. Maybe it’s time we take some of the thinking that we were raised on and change that thinking into methods specifically modified for our kids, some might react well to a little physical discipline, some won’t, and for those that won’t maybe another form of discipline is needed. 

Maybe instead of twisting the Bible to say that if I don’t spank my kid will grow up to be a spoiled brat, we should begin quoting the New Testament scriptures that talk about love, gentleness and kindness. The verses that talk about encouraging our kids and maybe, just maybe that old textbook in grandma’s basement about how to properly spank every child into submission should be added to the pile of things to burn at the next campout. 

These are my thoughts​, feel free to leave yours below and thanks for sharing. 

Pastor Dad

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Genesis 3:6 NLT

More often than not when this passage is read it’s made obvious that the woman was the one who took the fruit and ate. The part that is often left out is the fact that Adam was right there! It says he was with her. What was he doing while she was being deceived? What did he say when she ate? Nothing! What did he do when she gave some to him? He ate. What happened later when God confronted Adam about it? He blamed Eve, and God! 

Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”… the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Genesis 3:9‭, ‬11‭-‬12 NLT

Notice how Adam says “it was the woman YOU gave me…” Adam blamed God for giving him a companion, and he blamed the companion and yet when God came looking for them He called on Adam for an explanation. 

Over and over again the Bible plays out this idea that the man is to be responsible for his house, it began in the garden and continues all the way to Revelation. People will misinterpret the whole thing to make it fit their agendas – blame the spouse, blame God, but never, ever take responsibility for themselves. You’ve probably also seen another extreme – the man is the ruler of the house and everyone must now to his supreme authority. Both of those examples are lies that come straight from the father of lies. 

The father is to be the pastor of the house, in the same way that Jesus came and served, is how a father should treat his household. Teach, love, and model godly living is what’s expected of a man. You might remember the book of Job, when Job thought that his children MAY have sinned, what did he do? He went and offered up a sacrifice to God just in case. That’s a good example, always being responsible for your family even if you don’t know what they’re up to. 

And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.  He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.
Ephesians 5:21‭-‬30 NLT

Again, much is made about the Bible saying that women should submit to their husbands. But what does it say right before that? Submit to one another. What responsibility does the Bible place on wives? Submission. What does it place on husbands? Love so great that if it were to cost him his life, he is to give it. Be responsible for her and her actions, make her holy, unblemished. Love her as he loves himself, always looking out for her best interest. 

I may be getting into theology here a bit, I hope you don’t mind but God places the family’s burdens on the shoulders of the father. The same way He placed the sins of the world on Jesus’ shoulders at Calvary. This doesn’t mean that we (husbands) have to pay for their sins but it does mean that when we give account for our lives we will be asked about our household and why they are wherever they are, whether that be in heaven or not. 

I only recently began to see myself as pastor dad of my house, and no it’s not a burden, it’s not a dictatorship where I yell and everyone scurries to please me. It’s a joy to have my family under my wing, to be the teacher, the protector, the… father. And with Jesus as my Lord, I know I have all the resources I need to accomplish what God has asked. 

The God Box

Looking at our current state of evangelism today would you be able to say that it’s effective? Here’s what I mean, as Christians we go around talking about sin and sinners more than we talk about Jesus and forgiveness of the sin and the sinner. 

I call it “The God Box” because in many ways we’ve stuffed God into a box and in order for us to introduce someone to God we make them fit into that box. But they can’t just jump right in, we make them complete a checklist of what we think makes a good Christian and if they don’t check off each item, no entry to The God Box for them. 

Think about it, have you ever walked up to that person you know who’s into drugs and tell them that Jesus can forgive you, Jesus can redeem you and Jesus can transform you? Instead we’re more likely to condemn that addict to hell because he won’t listen to our advice to go clean himself up and then go to church. 

Do you try to explain away our God to people who ask questions designed to take you off course? I do. I’ve had people mockingly ask a question only to laugh at my answer. I realize later that they already have the answer they want to that question, they’re not interested in the truth. 

There are thousands of books, podcasts, videos and CD’s out there that will tell you how to evangelize effectively, some of them are helpful, useful even, I know I’ve read some of them. But what would happen if we took the step by step out of it? If we decided to get to know a person all the while praying for them and being there? What if we decided to be like Jesus for people instead of pretending we have the power to condemn? 

Maybe if instead of making the addict fit into a box and instead of pretending that we know it all, we just got to know people, know their struggles, be there for them, be Jesus to them they would see Him through us and if the Holy Spirit is willing, they too would know the God that we know. 

Too often I see the Facebook evangelist (I’m not making fun, I’m a Facebook evangelist too) preach that hell is hot and that a lot of people are going there, instead of saying “Jesus offers forgiveness, to everyone! Including those who don’t fit into our God box. 

The Harvest

You’ve heard the line that if you don’t vote in the election you can’t complain about the result? Well, I voted and trust me, I complain about the result… Anyway, the same principle could be applied to your spiritual life, if you never take your life to God, you can’t complain about what you perceive as His absence. 

So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, following his instructions in every detail. Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
Deuteronomy 5:32‭-‬33 NLT

If you take a look at the world through the eyes of the media you’ll see nothing but bad news – war, suicide bombings, racial tensions, death and destruction everywhere you go. But if you take a look at the world through the eyes of Jesus’ followers you should see hope, love, forgiveness, and redemption. You should also see Jesus, in every minute of every day as we take everything to Him in prayer. 

Sadly this isn’t always the case. Many Christians are only Sunday Christians, they’ll show up in church and sneak out before the final amen, J.D Greear calls them ‘ninja christians’ because nobody even knew they were there. Perhaps this is what Jesus was talking about when He said “two will be working in the field, one will be taken,, and the other left” (Matthew 24:40.41). 

That verse is often interpreted as one of those men was a Christian and the other was not. I wonder if it means that both were Christian at least by title but only one was a true Christian. In Matthew 9:37 and again in Luke 10:2 Jesus says “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” and if of the two workers only one will be taken and the other left because only one was a true Christian but both were there because Jesus called them there… 

This might be a stretch but if I look at the amount of people who attend church and if I could see the amount of people who are truly Christian I think we would see that played out right before our eyes. The harvest is there and plentiful but only some of the workers there are truly there for Jesus. 

I don’t know, I might be way off and I certainly do not want to misinterpret scripture, I hope you will tell me if I am. At the very least I hope we take those verses seriously and be the workers Jesus called us to be. 

Have a great Friday!