The other day I was driving down the interstate when I passed a bright green truck with the words “Doody Calls” written on the side. I had to slow down and let the truck pass me again to get a second look to see if I read it right. If you are anything like me you are probably wondering what it’s all about; it is exactly like it sounds. Doody Calls is a pet waste removal service. If you have enough money you can hire someone to do just about anything, and given enough money we can all make a list of a million things we would pay someone else to do for us. But there are just some things you can’t afford to pay someone else to do:
I always say I would eat so much healthier if I had someone else to plan and cook the meals for me. And how great would it be to never have to make another trip to Wal-Mart again because you had your very own personal shopper. Chances are, though, this is something we can never afford to pay someone else to do. According to simplyhired.com the average personal chef makes about $350/day. A personal shopper can make as much as $300/hour (and we all know how long it can take to make it out of Wal-Mart).
- Weight Loss
I am not talking about paying for a gym membership, a personal trainer or a dietician. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually pay someone to lose the weight for you, to pay someone else to eat healthy and do the hard work of exercising regularly while you reap the benefits? Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way.
- Discipling Your Children
In Judges 17 there is a strange story about a man named Micah who wanted to provide a religious influence for his home. He went out and found a young priest whom he hired to come live with him as his personal priest. Given enough money people will hire someone to do everything for them. Micah was quick to abdicate his responsibilities to someone else. This didn’t work out so well for Micah
The sad reality is many Christians do this today. They are quick to abdicate their responsibility for the spiritual formation of their children to the church, to the children’s ministry and youth ministry. After all isn’t that what we pay the children’s pastor and youth pastor for? I may be talking myself out of a job here, but no matter how much money we have I don’t think we can afford to abdicate this responsibility to someone else.
In the simplest sense, a priest is someone who tries to bring God to His people, and then, in turn, represents His people before God. In the Old Testament a priest was sort of a mediator between God and man. Christ became our mediator with God, and in the New Testament we are taught that now all who follow Him have a role as priests to an unbelieving world. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
As Christians we have the responsibility to serve as priests in our day. That means simply representing God to others and representing others to God in prayer. We have the responsibility of bringing God to others by showing them what God is like through word and deed. Similarly we have the responsibility of bringing others to God by showing them how to become followers of Christ, listening for God’s direction, caring for them throughout their lives, and taking them to God through prayer. And for most of us our ministry begins in the home. This is one thing we simply can’t afford to pay someone else to do.