Are we mules or do we sometimes go beyond our capacity?
The mule is a genuinely intelligent animal that has proven its superiority regarding durability, memory and dietary control. PACK MULES have been used for years to lug gear for exploratory and recreational expeditions. They will carry 75 pounds on each side, but ONLY 75 pounds.
According to veteran packers, if you put additional weight on a mule it will buck the load off, refuse to move, or head to a tree to scrape the load off. These animals have sensitised their inner scales to the ounce and will haul nothing more.
The people of Brisbane last weekend responded to a call to help the victims of the devastating flood which inundated 29,000 homes and businesses, filling them with a highly toxic thick mud containing raw sewage, chemicals and many other unknown things. Those houses had to be stripped of ALL their contents and in many cases had to be gutted, pulling down the walls and ceilings.
50,000 volunteers turned out with their shovels, scrapers, brooms and cleaning things to help.
Everything in the houses was pulled out onto the footpaths – a lifetime of possessions with almost nothing salvaged. White goods, TVs, computers, furniture, mattresses, clothing, toys, photos, personal belongings and treasures: all only fit for the dump. Every street in the flood areas was lined with heaps of once-treasured belongings.
The next day the volunteers helped load it all onto trucks.
It is estimated it will take at least 2 years for Brisbane to recover from these floods, but those 50,000 volunteers – and many others working since the devastation began – have done their part in greatly easing the trauma for those who lost so much.
A word to fellow CHRISTIANS . . .
Jesus warned about the mule in each of us –
the mere spirit of DUTY that produces only what is expected and nothing more.
He encourages us to GO BEYOND that,
to love Him with the same unqualified love that He loves us.
The mule has an excuse: it is only a mule.
What possible excuse could we
who are made in the image of God,
redeemed in the likeness of Christ,
infilled with the Holy Spirit
and equipped with all the resources of heaven
have for merely doing our duty?
We should be ready and willing to serve our great God to the limit of our capacity – and beyond – out of love and thankfulness for all He has done for us.
CT Studd: If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.