The Lord really does work in mysterious ways. A few days ago I got an email from someone about Catching Creation saying they read one of the newspaper articles that I recently had published. They encouraged me so much in their email and invited me over to come check out their honey bees and that was an offer I just couldn't refuse. Through a few email exchanges we set up a time for me to come meet them and check out their bees. It never ceases to amaze me at how awesome our God is about connecting people for the sake of ministry. Larry and Diane Martin were two of the nicest people I think I have ever met and we talked about Jesus and creation for at least two hours with the culmination being with me getting to check out their honey bees. As you will see in the video I learned a valuable lesson about bees. Apparently if you wear black, like bears and skunks, then perhaps the bees will see you as a threat and react as such. All in all I think I got stung 3 times and my Iphone sustained 3-4 stings, but we're both ok. God is so good!
Are you the honey or the sting?
What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of bees? I’m betting that beestings and that infamous scene from Tommy Boy pop in your head and then in a distant third place you may think of honey. Ok so what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Christian?” If I were to ask someone outside of church culture that question I’m betting some adjectives would include judgmental, narrow minded, and then maybe in a distant third place people may say something about love, maybe. All to often people relate Christians to the sting created by our lack of love in practice. If honey is the “fruit” produced by a beehive that is functioning normally then love should be the fruit produced by a church functioning normally.
Honey has been used as an antiseptic, an energy booster, a preservative and a tasty treat among other things. Just like the sweetness of honey, the work of Jesus on the Cross and the love Christ endured to take on that task is as sweet as honey. The love of Christ is the job of the Church to reflect into the world. John 13:34-35 says “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jesus isn’t suggesting or even politely asking us to love one another, he commands it. So just as a beehive works in perfect unity, harmony and perhaps even love to produce honey, we as the church should do the same and love one another so that the world is drawn to our sweetness and not scared away by our sting. Are you the honey or the sting?
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