Monday, April 13, 2015

No Job is too Big, No Pup is too Small

Lately, my kids have been "playing" Paw Patrol. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this show, I will elaborate. One boy, Ryder, is in charge of six pups. Each pup has a different job, and they go out on missions to help the people of Adventure Bay. My son (the oldest) is Ryder, aka, the boss.  My daughter pretends she is Sky, the only female dog in the group. They spring into action whenever they hear, "Ryder needs us!" To explain further, think Captain Planet from back in our day. Each force of nature was important, and they worked together to fight crime. "Earth! Wind! Water! Fire! Heart!"  Except in Paw Patrol, it is six dogs with special skills like using construction equipment, driving a fire truck, and flying a helicopter.

They are crazy about this show! And you know what, I kind of am too!  Not only has it entertained my kids and spurred their imaginations for about a week now, but I think it has a message for us adults too. Let me clue you in, lest you start thinking I'm suggesting we all pretend to be dogs!

First, each of the dogs is important and needed to help the entire group.  This is a concept taken straight from scripture! In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Paul explains this to us adults.
"The humans body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit."
To translate this into today's terms, "Some of us are new Christians, some of us have been going to church since birth, some of us are stay-at-home moms, some of us moms work outside the home, some of us are young, some of us are older, some of us are blond, some of us are brunette..." I could go on and on.  But the special thing about this scripture is that it unifies us. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, we get the Holy Spirit. Yesterday at church, my pastor described the Spirit in a great way: the spirit is God, active on earth and present in us. Each believer carries the Spirit within them. That is why we can recognize God in someone we have only just met! We are unified by the Spirit!

Secondly, this verse describes the equality we all share in Christ Jesus. Whether slave or free, Paul said any believer has the Spirit of God. So, no matter where we fall physically, socially, or economically, the Spirit of God equalizes us.  In God's eyes, that is all He sees.

Lastly, we are all needed and wanted! The body works best when all of its parts are functioning perfectly and according to God's design. God has a job for each one of us! And whether it is public speaking, writing, wiping noses, doing dishes, farming, cooking, teaching, whatever, it is important as long as we are doing it for Him. Each and every job and person is important in the body of Christ. The Bible tells me so! (Specifically in Colossians 3:17. "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.")

This cute little show also has a quirky catchphrase. (Of course, what kids' show is without one?) After Ryder accepts a mission, he always says, "No job is too big, no pup is too small!" Believe it or not, I think we can be encouraged by this! No job committed to the Lord is too small.  No person in the body of Christ is insignificant. Don't worry, our God is big enough to handle all of our differences! He can use any pup, I mean person!

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  1. God often uses the silly things my daughter says or does to teach me deep spiritual truths. Thanks for sharing this episode from your family's life. God truly is faithful to walk beside us every step of the way! Visiting from #TellHisStory.

  2. Great reminder, Kristen, that we are all needed and stand equal before God. It is His Spirit that unites us and empowers the gifts He has placed in each one of us, but we need each other to do all He has called us to do.

    Thank you, Kristen, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  3. So sweet! What a great lesson. And just think, your kids are learning it when they are young! As grown-ups, we often see ourselves as insignificant, don't we? I love this thought you shared here today:) Blessings from intentional Tuesday's!

  4. Awesome! My kids love paw patrol too. I am right there with you. Great analogy. Fun to read too. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.