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Birthday Party for Three — part two

December 19, 2020

[QUICK REVIEW: Charles Wesley, Keith Richards, and my dad were all born on December 18.]

When night falls, the workday is over.

“God buries the workers, but carries on the work.”

Christ Jesus said the first thing.

Charles Wesley said the second; I just inclusive-ized his language.

As family members, friends, colleagues, and mentors have died, I’ve learned that both of their statements are true.

But so is something I’ve said for quite some time now, and in many contexts: “God’s still in business, and by the grace of God, so are we.”

After all, it really was Christ Jesus who said, We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. (John 9:4, the Message version) Pretty clear. Not a lot of wiggle room.

And after all, Charles Wesley‘s favorite Bible verse was Galatians 5:6, What counts is faith operating through love. In an appreciation of Charles Wesley, a professor of Church History at an Assembly of God seminary wrote, “While sharing the Lutheran and Reformed commitment to justification by faith alone as a gracious act of God, Wesley emphasized that true faith was proven — we might say “operationalized”  – by loving obedience.” [Why John Wesley Matters for 21st Century Mission – Missio Alliance] Again, pretty clear. Not a lot of wiggle room.

And after all, my dad knew the truth behind clichés like “actions speak louder than words.”  He brought common sense and everyday wisdom born of the farm, higher education, sales expertise, management skills, and battling personal demons. While he was the personification of the word raconteur, he knew the truth of “better done than said.” Yet again, pretty clear. Not a lot of wiggle room.

Which brings us to the title of Keith Richards’ first solo album’s title: “Talk is Cheap.” He and Mick Jagger were previously credited with the lyric, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” And yet again, pretty clear. Not a lot of wiggle room.

Three Take-Aways:

  1. Let’s be alert today for the opportunities God gives you and me to be energetically at work for the One who both calls and sends us. It’s daylight for us.
  2. Let’s not just talk about it, but let’s be an active part of all that “carries on the work” of our Lord. Talk is cheap.
  3. Let’s be aware that we “can’t always get what we want, but if (we) try…(we) just might find, (we) get what (we) need.” By the grace of God, we will both find it and get it. 

And oh yeah — here’s a depiction of Charles Wesley in action —

— Since Charles Wesley, Keith Richards, and my dad were all born on December 18, can you imagine that birthday party?

See you back here tomorrow for what I hope will be “Birthday Party for 3, part three. “

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