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Rev Tom writes.
Some of you may have heard me say this, but I grew up in a home of all boys. So, we spent most of our time playing rugby, or football, or video games. Now, however, I live in a house of all girls, and the interest in rugby and football is slightly less. What is a hit is glitter! Colouring! Painting! And baking. Because of that I have been on a bit of a crash course of how to bake. I remember my first attempt at baking recently. I remember getting all of the ingredients out on the table, and putting in the bowl a bit of flour, a lot of sugar and butter, and four eggs. I like eggs. We then mixed it all together in a bowl, put it in a baking tray and put it in the over for 30 minutes at 200oC. It didn’t work well. The problem was, it didn’t rise. So, what I did was make the same cake again, but this time, for that extra rise, I put in an extra couple of eggs. What came out of the oven was essentially, a glorified omelette. It didn’t taste good at all. Then my wife came home and made a cake to show us how it was done. She followed a recipe from a book, and when she was finished it looked immaculate. It was exactly like the picture in the book. I was not impressed! Why hadn’t mine worked like that?
The answers simple really. I didn’t follow the instructions. I had all the right ingredients, but not in the right proportions. I had too many eggs and not enough flour. The same is true of church life. The Methodist Church calls every member to worship, serve, learn and be engaged in evangelism. Colossians 1:25-29 calls us to worship God, serve God, strive to present every person fully mature in Christ, and also to proclaim Jesus. But, its really easy to get the proportions all wrong. One of the things I have been really encouraged by while being in this circuit is the desire to do all four of these things well. It has been a great privilege to be involved in several missional events over the summer months, including the Songs of Praise in Withernsea and the “Building an ARK” campaign in September. Evangelism is a bit like flour in the cake. Chances are you prefer the taste of butter, sugar and eggs, but if you don’t put the right amount of flour in the cake it doesn’t taste pleasant. It’s the same with evangelism in the church. Its so encouraging to have been able to do some evangelism over the past year in the circuit, but let’s all keep it going. One of the things that doing Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) reminds me of are Paul’s words in Philippians that say “let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near”.
Perhaps it’s helpful to be reminded of this motivation, especially as we approach advent and remember that one day Jesus will return to this earth to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. “The Lord is near” therefore let’s let our gentleness, generosity and grace be evident to all, yes through what we do, but also through what we say. I really want to encourage you that the spirit of building an “ARK” continues. Let’s do random acts of kindness, be generous, be loving, be gentle, all the while hoping to share the reason for the hope that we have. Witnessing to someone about the substitutionary death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in our place is one of the greatest thrills we can have. I really believe that. Maybe you know the following words: “Happy if with my latest breath, I may but gasp his name: Preach Him to all, and cry in death, Behold, behold the Lamb!” Let’s do that!!
God bless you all, Tom.
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