Challenged to help the needy when he heard the Sunday’s message, he took his daughter to one of the centers that fed the hungry. Surely this will lift my feeling of responsibility he thought as he took out his checkbook and began to write a check, all the while keeping his eye on his daughter. She was wandering and beginning to talk to the clientele and he was nervous about her being around them and maybe getting dirty. This isn’t really the place to bring her, and he wasn’t comfortable being there either.
The man in charge, put up his hand and said, “No we don’t want people’s money; we want people’s hearts and hands to serve the Lord by serving these lowliest of the low whom Jesus loved and died for.” Taken back, the man looked around, still not wanting to get too close and hesitatingly said, “Well what could I do? I really don’t see anything for me to do here”. By this time his daughter had befriended those serving the food and she had begun to put the biscuits on the plates. She was smiling at everyone.
Maybe this is what Jesus meant. I guess I could do something that I wouldn’t get too dirty. He started dishing the mashed potatoes on the plates as each one went through the line. By the end of the meal, they both started washing the dishes.
“Maybe we could come back again another day,” he said as he held up the spoon he was drying.
“Oh no, you can’t use that. Do you want a spoon or a ladle?” the man asked him.
“What’s the difference?”
A spoon is to feed yourself. A ladle is to serve others.
He went away that evening a changed man. Yes, his daughter had already used the ladle. He had just been using a spoon.
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:5,6
So what will it be dear friend? As you love the Lord, will you take the spoon or are you willing to take up the ladle?