For me, summer officially starts with an evening of family and friends gathered around the fire pit with sticks a-ready for toasting marshmallows. I’m happy to provide graham crackers and chocolate to go along with the marshmallows. I’m even willing to “go gourmet” and get fancy with cookies, peanut butter cups, or york peppermint patties. More than once, I’ve initiated a conversation about the toasting methods and preferences (for the record, Erin’s burning of marshmallows is wrong).
As you imagine that perfectly toasted, gooey mess, melting into a perfect square of chocolate placed onto a crispy vessel for eating…remember this; there is no polite way to eat a s’more. You can’t delicately eat it with a pinky finger up expecting that the entire bite will go nicely into your mouth. No, indeed, you will make a mess. On your mouth, on your fingers, and maybe even on your shirt. You have to go all in so that you can enjoy the fullness of the s’mores experience.
Like eating a s’more, you have to go all in when following Christ. It’s all or nothing. It’s all-encompassing for your life…and at times, it will get messy. But the reward of being a Christ follower is worth it. The closeness of a personal relationship with God will produce infinite benefits to your life, not to mention your assurances for eternity.
We are to love as Christ loved, as dictated in John 13:34 (NIV), “A new command I give you; Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
As we love others, our hands will get dirty. In the world, human relationship is hard. It’s messy. So to show kindness to the homeless may require being dirty. To tend to the ill or infirm, it may be distasteful. Caring for widows or orphans may be hard and mentally taxing. All types of love and service require us to get into the trenches and get dirty.
When we get dirty when loving others, we are serving the Lord. And He is pleased way more than we are when we get messy eating s’mores.
Eat the s’mores. Enjoy them. Get messy.
But remember to love, serve, enjoy one another…and get messy being the hands and feet of Christ.