Devotionals For the Weak
Church Maintenance or " Not So Itsey Bitsey Spiders" - by Patty Tuovila
At Grace Christian Fellowship we are very thankful for our little white church and realize that it is one of many blessings from our Lord. Sundays, for us, are a time of hearing the Word, prayer, and praising the Lord with our Christian brothers and sisters. We welcome visitors and look forward to adding new members to our little family.
One of the many ways we serve at GCF is to share in the cleaning and setting things in order for our Sunday morning worship.
So… one warm August morning Jerry, my husband, was cleaning in the sanctuary while I’m at the front of the church sweeping out the entryway. By chance I looked up and was surprised to see a canopy of spider webs gracing the doors. Sweeping away the webs I’m wondering why they haven’t been noticed before getting to this size, I guess we need to check these areas more often. Feverishly digging in the corners for the huge egg sacs, there was such scurrying as the spiders try to run for safety. They will be back another time and start over again…they are not quitters.
Like the spiders, Satan is not a quitter. In Ephesians 6:10 we read, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” We are told to be on the alert, to stand by taking up the shield of faith daily in our spiritual walk. It would do us well to remember that as Christians, our bodies a temple for His Spirit. We are to keep His dwelling place clean, from sins of the flesh and spirit that hurt our witness as well as our relationship with our Lord.
Most of us have heard the story in Genesis about Cain and Abel, sons of Adam and Eve. We are told that Abel’s’ offering was acceptable but for Cain and for his offering, the Lord had no regard. So Cain became very angry. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why are you upset, if you do right you will be happy. And if you do not, sin is crouching at the door; and it seeks to have you; but you must master it!”
We are given power through the Holy Spirit within us to master sin. If we do not, those very sins will keep returning just like the nasty spiders. Let’s follow Abel’s example and give to the Lord our best from a heart of love, then we too will be happy.
One of the reasons, we at GCF share in communion every Sunday is to have that special time to examine our hearts and to deal with those“ spiders” crouching at our doors.
May God’s HOLY SPIRIT reveal His truth and will for our lives. In that way we can fulfill the Lords’ vision for the little white church in Calumet.