Each Thursday evening around 9:00 p.m. Vicki shows up at our home with a box. A box of food, drinks, vegetables, fruit, cereal, all kinds of stuff. The box and its contents comes from a food co-op a friend of hers belongs to and they share as one has a need. Weird concept I know.
Vicki on the other hand does not get the food from the co-op for herself, but she in turn shares it with others. Vicki knows that we have a lot of people through our home and we will in turn be sharing it with others as well. She calls the box, “Gods provision”.
Last night we were sitting at the table as American Idol blared in the background and our conversation centered on “what is the Body of Christ.” During the conversation I expressed that, “this box symbolizes the Body of Christ and those who bring the box is Christ to others.”
Yes, the box could be used for many other reasons. To store books or dishes or any number of things. But this rectangular shaped container made of cardboard is a vessel of service, an expression of love, an example of Christ.
We all should have a box. Get you a box. Fill it up with something. Fill it with flowers, groceries, diapers, a puppy, something. Then determine, who could best use this box. God will direct you as to who can use the box and it’s contents. And even more, who can use an expression of hope through the box.
So be creative and have some fun. Find and fill a box. And with it, do as the Bible says, “Learn to do good.”
But you might say, “Its just a box, isn’t it?” No, its far more. It much more than that. What is in it and the spirit in which it is given is hope to the hopeless and faith to the faithless and love to those who can neither find nor give the same.
Its just a box…hardly.