Spit and polish! I sat very comfortably over Him as He bent over, brushing each of my shoes hard enough that they reflected a dull image of his face. He never looked up. I was impressed with his humility. It was clear that this man knew how to spit. Once he was finished, he stepped back and I stood up and flipped him a coin.
Jesus could have easily shined shoes because after all he did wash feet.
Imagine the Savior of the world, God Himself incarnate, bending as low as to shine my shoes. How do I repay Him? I flip him a coin. He tells me it is not enough.
I toss my loose change in the offering basket on Sunday morning. I take an occasional read of His word, and I spew out a few trite words over my meals. I am nice to strangers (most times) and I give to charities that show pictures of dirty, hungry, and desperate children.
In reality, God does not need my money. God does not even need me to go to outer-Mongolia, Timbuktu and he is certainly not impressed with my righteous posture of sitting over his bent form shining my shoes.
I need to look up at Christ and see the true image of His face, not the dull image reflected on my shoes. I need to repent of my arrogant posture of thinking I have done enough, given enough and even prayed enough. What is the true measure of enough? It is not how much I give of what I have acquired. He does not want all that I have. He wants all that I am.
After all God has done for you, and still does, don’t you dare flip Christ a coin. He wants all of you. Spit and polish!
Mark 10:21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.