2020-07-14 - Being Essential
I think that most of us have learned some things during this pandemic. Some people have found that they can grow a few veggies at home, but occasoinally someone has gotten the wrong idea and started to believe that everyone can supply ALL of their own food. Putting aside that some elderly or disabled people cannot possibly take care of a garden, there are those of us with back issues that couldn't, either. But even if we were physically able to plant some vegetables, there is no way that everyone could possibly supply their own food for three meals on 355 days per year. That is just a pipe dream. We had one politician who even claimed we didn't need farmers, that we could "just get our food at stores,"leading us to realize that she was missing important parts of the picture LOL. Most of us realize that we HAVE to have farmers, as well as the people who help pick the produce. They are all essential to every single person.
When Richard was in air traffic control, he worked very hard. In his position, he was considered "essential" because his work was so vital to the safety and security of the country. He was required to work on most holidays, as well as overtime when there were emergencies such as bad weather or after 9-11.Even when planes weren't flying after the terrorists struck, he was among the few who still had to be there, for classified reasons but vital ones to all of us. He was required to be there no matter what, even during blizzards (That was a hairy ride to and from work!) or tornadoes, even at times when "non-essential" personnel were able to stay home.
During the pandemic, we have found that there are additional "essential" people to deal with this situation. Most of us have long understood that we all need firefighters, police officers, nurses and doctors, as well businessmen who work hard to build their businesses, contribute taxes that help their community and fund many of our most important charities. But they are not the only people that are essential. One thing that some people have startled to learn (We already knew!!) is how much we ALL NEED our hardworking 18-wheeler drivers and train employees, who ferry our food across states and even regions. We also have found that we all are dependent on stores (Lysol! Clorox wipes!) and their employees, and many more.
And in fact, in Kingdom of God terminology, we ALL need each other. In the Kingdom of God, EVERY single person is essential to both God and every Christian. If you think that your or someone else's job in the church or in the Christian walk are not really essential, that is incorrect. As Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and for our benefit:
1 Corinthians 12: 20-22 (NRSV) As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ”I have no need of you,“ nor again the head to the feet, ”I have no need of you.“ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.
Even if you cannot physically go to church (as many of us still should and cannot right now), you can still pray. You can still make phone calls. You can still send encouraging emails. Every single member of the Body of Christ has a job to do, and that job is essential to God.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.