• Jim Farrell

Of RV Service Centers and God's Service Tech

These folks do wonderful work for VanLeigh RV!

About a week ago we arrived on a Tuesday to an RV service center in Tishomingo, MS, for the service techs to attend to several warranty items for our RV. Nothing major had to be done, but several little things had to be repaired and/or adjusted. In addition, we had them add shelving to the kitchen cabinets. We stayed in a hotel nearby while the work was being done. We returned to the center on Friday to review the work, and put everything back in its place. They did an outstanding job. We are pleased with the work and the additions. We stayed overnight in the RV at the service center, and pulled out Saturday morning to continue our journeys.

While there was nothing particularly negative about the service experience, it was a disruption to our routine. It required us to change the course of our travels. Traveling to and stopping at Tishomingo, MS, was not the most direct route from Pennsylvania to our next destination in South Dakota. Staying in a hotel was OK—we made good use of the time sightseeing, doing laundry, and picking up a couple of needed items. But the whole time I was wondering about what the techs were doing, how much was it going to cost, would they be done at the end of the week, what about our future reservations, and on and on and on.

Well, Friday came, and no call from the service center. We were scheduled to check out of the hotel, but didn’t know the status of our RV-servicing. We called to find out that all was finished except for two cabinet doors which were coming from the manufacturer, located 20 minutes away from the Service Center. There’s always something, right? Everything is good except for one thing—one thing that needs more waiting to be completed.

At some point as we were pulling out of the center Saturday morning - happy customers thrilled with the work completed, yes a day later then we had planned but without serious issues—I was prompted to consider how our lives as followers of Jesus must be serviced from time to time. We need soul care. Perhaps it is an attitude adjustment or a heart change. Perhaps it is to be comforted, calmed, healed, instructed, enlivened, assured—aligned again with the fullness of the truth and hope of the Gospel of God’s Grace.

Often this “service time” (soul care) does not go according to when or how we planned. It takes longer than we’d like. There are parts and pieces of it for which we have to wait. We have to change our plans, change our direction.

We scheduled the service of our RV. But do you/I schedule our “soul care”? Well, yes and no. Putting ourselves into and before the word of God is to submit to that which God has established to care for His own, to instruct His own in the way of righteousness. To consistently pursue times of prayer, worship of God, and fellowship with other Christians, is to put ourselves in a position to be loved, comforted, and instructed—to be cared for—serviced if you will, by the Lord.

But know also that God by His Holy Spirit initiates and provides the servicing of His own. It’s part of what we understand is the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, making the Christian more like Christ. In the words of others, “the Spirit comes alongside us to aid us in the tasks Jesus gave us as His disciples.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s service tech! Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (Jn. 14:16). “…He will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you” (Jn.14:26). “…He will testify about me” (Jn. 15:25).

God’s promise to service His own is always for our good, even though in the moment it may be disruptive and/or trying. The Lord’s care of our souls may happen quickly; at other times, it takes a long time. Sometimes it’s overwhelmingly joyful; sometimes painstakingly difficult. Nevertheless, it is quite necessary in the making and keeping of Jesus-followers.

Remember, whatever your objectives might be along the road of life, the Lord’s is this: “For God chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him” (Ep. 1:4). I don’t know about you, but for me that necessitates a lot of the Lord’s servicing. Thanks be to God that He does it and promised it to be unto perfection at the last day!

…and the journey continues,

Pastor Jim

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