When I was four years old and visiting my grandparent’s house, my “Pappy” asked me one day to join him in a job. My grandfather was a carpenter and had built many houses over his career. The job he invited me to join in was the replacement of the roof of the house next door that my grandparents also owned. I was excited to climb the ladder to the top of the house and work alongside my Pappy.
The story goes that after I had spent quite a bit of time hammering away, he finally sent me down the ladder. It seems not all the nails got to the right spot on the roof. But, nonetheless, I had the experience that day of working alongside the man I admired perhaps as much as any other man I knew — my grandfather. I’ll never forget it.
Many years later, I was driving through that town and went down the street where my grandparents used to live. When I got to the house, my mind raced immediately back to that day I worked alongside my grandfather. I was emotional as I reflected on it. Perhaps the invitation to join him in that work made me feel so valued and loved by this giant man in my life — and my reflection on that day reminded me of that love.
It is amazing to me that Jesus calls everyone He touches to come along and be a part of His mission. The truth is, Jesus doesn’t need our support or efforts. Sort of like my grandfather who didn’t need anything I had to contribute to replace that roof. But just like Pappy, Jesus invites us along anyway. He allows us to give, sacrifice, and serve as if somehow He couldn’t do this without us. No doubt our contribution makes the work harder at times, but Jesus would rather do the hard things with us than any of it without us.
Jesus is at work in this world and in His church. And because He loves us so much, He invites us into the process. We revel in the ways He allows us to be part of His plan and His mission. There is no greater thrill than be to be in partnership with Jesus.
Director, LifeWay Worship