What it says on the tin

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6: 9 - 10)

The Ronseal advert seems appropriate at such a time as this "...does what it says on the tin." What it promises, it delivers.

I'm not saying that we should compare the church to a DIY product but there's something here to encourage us as we try and take on board changed routines and come to terms with new ways of living. Hearing from God means we first have to listen carefully but also remember where God invites us to join in with what He is already doing. Discipleship begins with listening and hearing but has its expression in doing.

God's at work in a myriad of ways this morning. As I write, His are the gentle hands and reassuring words in a hospital ward. His is the work of the food banks, of restaurants who are taking heir food to the needy. His is the glory of a new day: the greetings of the bird song into this morning seems much clearer somehow in a world with less noise.

Where do I beginWhere do we start, how do we keep going? Two tough questions informing many people's worldview right now - perhaps yours, as well as mine.

Our verses from Galatians 6 give us a strong lead in responding to questions such as these, concerns that can cause us to doubt not just our effectiveness, but also our very ability to make any difference.

There's little doubt that we are in it for the long haul. Grasping God given opportunities today to do good to others, means we give them (and in the process ourselves), a view beyond the immediate boundary of where we are. We invoke (call on) God, involve God. We are demonstrating discipleship in that we are now more "we" and "us" than "I" or "me."

Let's make the most of the opportunities we have and look for more. Time to read God's word; to pray for others; to contribute where we safely can. Let's see this as an opportunity and a joy to be part of, , not a burden to be endured.

Let's meet tomorrow -- yes, I know it's on a small screen not in real life but I'm really looking forward to seeing a few friendly faces again.

Above all, let's keep putting our faith and trust in God. The clouds may be over us but the blue sky of a new future is there, however cloaked and hidden.

May God bless and keep you - and those you love - in the knowledge and peace of Christ Jesus