Wednesday, December 21, 2016

all in the details

As the holidays are here and we are busy preparing, I have noticed that we spend a lot of time on the details. We are detail oriented people.  We have to have the details just right. For those decorating their homes, how many hours did it take to get the details just right. I know I placed my little nativity on the mantel in just the right way, the ornaments  are hung correctly and each decoration placed in the right spot. I have watched how a gentlemen spent quite some time making sure all the details of his car were just right.  He washed and polished, then cleaned every crevice. Each detail important.

I realize God also views details as important. He organized and created each and every detail of this world when he created it.  Have you looked at some of the plants and animals he created?  The detail in the patterns and perfection of the creation is amazing. His prize creation is us. He spent extra time on creating us in His image. He took time to form us with his hands, not just speak us into existence. He then bent over his precious creation and breathed life into man. As I read through the Bible, I discover how God orchestrated details for each individual and cared for them using great detail. He cared about the details for them.  The whole Bible is a retelling of details that point to the coming of Christ and His importance. The details intertwine and wrap around one another in an intricate pattern that speaks of the love God has for his precious creation and His ultimate plan to speak love to us.

God shows us that He cares about the details of our lives.  So many times, we might not realize that God is working for our good.  In Romans 8:28 it says: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  He is making sure the details, whether big or small, are working in our favor.  It is so easy sometimes to get caught up in seeing what is going wrong. We can focus on a bad situation, cry and bemoan how nothing ever goes right. We might even question God's love for us.  Have you ever asked God, "Where are you when I need you?"   He is still right there working on the details of our lives. He cares about our details just as much as He did when he set this whole world in motion, when he gave plans to Noah for the ark, when he orchestrated David's life and even when he met Saul on the road to Damascus.  He knows our details better than we do.  He even knows the number of hairs on your head, (Luke 12:7).  He takes time to keep count of the hair on your head, he very well has time to work on your details. He knows what your heart needs, he knows what you need physically and he really knows what you need spiritually.  He is preparing what we need. He cares for sparrows and we are of more value than sparrows to God (Matthew 10:30-31).  

I realize that as we are receiving from God, we also need to be obeying Him.  He asked us to care for the widows and orphans (James 1:27). He asked us to love one another (1John 4:7-8). He asked to bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2). He asked us to care for others, pray for others (James 5:16). We are to follow the example of our heavenly Father and care about the details of others.  Christ asks us to serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).  Service to someone else is caring about a detail in their life.  Do they need food?  Do they need clothing?  Do they need a listening ear or prayer?  Do they need a shoulder to cry on or a friend to spend time with?  These are all details that God gives us the ability to meet for others.  We can share the gospel, be friendly, be the one who holds a grieving mother or provide for the basic needs of others.   God has not called us just to receive blessings, but to be a giver of blessing to others.

I love the story of Tabitha, or Dorcas, in Acts chapter 9.  She is described as a woman full of good works and a tremendous giver. When she died, all the people she had cared for came to Peter and began to speak and testify of her life of service. How she made them clothes, fed them and understood that by caring about their details, she was ministering to them about God's love.  Peter was moved and prayed for her. She was brought back to life.  Her story is one of service and giving to meet the details of others.  When we see the details that matter to others, we can care for them the way God intends.  When we become that arm of comfort, that giver of security, and the friend that loves, we are extending the love of Christ to others. That is the purpose of the body of Christ.  We will be fulfilling our purpose of sharing the gospel with others. We will be fulfilling our purpose of loving one another and bearing one another's burdens.  We will truly be living as part of the body of Christ. As we pray for one another, lift up another, give to one another and truly care about a detail in someone else's life, we are representing Christ in the best way.

He will truly be able to say as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me. How beautiful it is when we are in unity with the gospel and about our Father's business.

Matthew 25
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.