What's In Your Little Red Wagon?
"And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" Romans 10:15a
Remember the Radio Flyer red wagon? I’m talking about the big one constructed of heavy metal with white wheels and a red body? Oh, I know they still have wagons today; but the metal is usually a lightweight aluminum or else it is plastic.
As a child I was fortunate to have one of these delightful wagons. I would haul all of my favorite toys along with my younger brother and sister in my red wagon around the yard and driveway. As I got older my Mom would let me walk to the neighborhood store to get milk, bread, etc. My brother or sister would always want to go but inevitably they would get tired of walking and would want me to carry them. So naturally the red wagon came in quite handy in transporting my purchase items as well as family. I even remember my Mom loading my wagon with this horrible smelling fertilizer to spread on her plants and flowers in our yard. I just knew my wagon was never going to be the same again. All I could think was that smell would always be there along with the brown stains. I would never be able to carry my favorite dolls, dollhouse dishes and all my other favorite things in that red wagon. However I didn’t say a word because I always thought my mother did everything perfect and there was no way she would intentionally ruin my red wagon. Of course I didn’t have to say anything because after all you know mothers can read their children’s minds. So when she was finished she took the wagon over to the garden hose along with soap and cleaned the wagon. She then looked at me with a smile and said, “There now… it’s good as new”. To my surprise the wagon looked better when she finished than it did when she was loading it with the smelly fertilizer.
The ox represents servant hood, the force used in breaking up fallow ground in order to sew to our spirit in righteousness. A lot of people have a desire to do something great for God, when their only motive is fame, fortune, and accomplishments. They don’t realize it is the little things that we do as servants that bring promotion from the Lord Jesus. When a believer helps another in ministry, it is so often we feel the same emotions, trouble, perplexity, and persecution of the person that we minister to. It takes the love of God in charity to bear one another’s burdens, as it takes effort and personal motivation in helping one another. We all have our own wagon that must be pulled for God. Each of us has a work or ministry as members in particular in the body of Christ in order for the body to become like Jesus.
In our spiritual wagons, we carry what we hold dear to us, keeping it close to us at all times. As a little girl, I wanted my wagon to be clean and spotless, showing forth its splendor in bright red color and white wheels. The same applies to believers present in the church, for few want to get their hands dirty in ministry. After all, for one to wash another’s, feet, the servant must get their hands dirty with soap and water in order to get the dirt off of the other. On top of that, the feet need to be dried. If there is no running water present, many times we have to shed tears of compassion to wash the dirty feet, and then be willing to use our own hair to wipe dry. This is the only way to minister to our Master, with compassion and personal commitment to His body. How many times have you participated in a church foot washing? These humbling services are a true rarity anymore but “oh, what a blessing”.
It is easy to become slack and complacent, putting everything on the Holy Ghost, saying that He will work out all things for us while we do nothing of labor. Hey, isn’t there something about being fellow laborers with Christ? When the Holy Ghost moves upon us, it is our duty to minister to the needs of the body of Christ. This applies to the very youngest of saints to the very oldest.
It is utter deceit to believe we are something in Christ and exempt of being a servant to others. As a girl, I had put all dolls and toys that were dear to me in my little red wagon. As believers, we do the same in putting things that are dear to us in our spirit, loading up our spiritual wagons, carrying these things with us wherever we go. Most believe that their little red wagon is flawless and prettier than all others; “Why get it dirty in carrying someone else’s burdens?” After all, most do not think that they are their brother’s keeper. However, we are responsible to one another in the Lord, to provoke unto good works; weeping with those that weep, and shouting with those that shout, being of one mind in the Lord. We are to mind the things of others, not looking for vain glory or promoting our own holiness which is nothing but self righteousness.
It is easy to boast of one’s place in the Lord Jesus, proclaiming our own holiness while we refuse to lend a hand to those in need. In one particular holiness church where my husband preached, the Pastor’s mother complained that while she had been sick and was hospitalized and later released to her home, absolutely no one from the church came to visit her or even call her to check on how she was recovering. If one is sick, do we pray for them? If one is hungry, do we feed them? If one is in prison, do we visit them? Oh wow, I don’t know! Let me think!
What are you carrying in your little red wagon? Wait, let me rephrase that question. What do you think you are carrying in your little red wagon? Is it full of the fruits of the Spirit of God in works that accompany salvation, or is it full of outward works of the flesh showing our selves to be something that we are not. Do we speak of the shortcomings of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, or do we pray for them, ministering love to them as the opportunity presents itself?
Our little red wagon should be filled with love and compassion, always ready to serve and minister to the body of Christ, always supportive and never undermining the work of God. We are always to be patient to all people and to comfort the feebleminded and weak, not just to the body of Christ, but to all mankind. The church is comforted when we come together as one, but strife and division will always manifest the works of the flesh when one seeks his or her own way and will.
A terrible load to carry is that of doing one’s own will in the flesh rather than doing the will of God. Another’s own will and way that is forced upon you always has the motive of them glorying in your flesh. It is always better to obey God rather than man, for the often quoted verse is to obey them that have the rule over you. By this being misunderstood by some, works of witchcraft are done in the body of Christ by being subject not to the will of God, but to the will of men in the flesh and not in the spirit. This can cause deep roots of bitterness in the body of Christ as one says that they are of Paul, and another of Cephas; still another of Apollos, and another of Christ. Christ is not divided, yet we are divided over standards, denominations; over preachers that we esteem higher than others, etc. All works of the flesh result in utter and total disappointment, thinking that we were wronged while all along we were in the flesh rather than in the spirit.
Let’s examine our own little red wagon. Think about the last time that something happened to you so that you felt that you were wronged, that you were misunderstood; that you were not esteemed as highly as you should have been. You will find that “you, you, you” was the predominant thought in our mind, which is the thinking toward self rather than the things of others. No one can kill a dead person, for they are already dead in Christ, their life is hid with God in Christ.
Now, I know you’ve met Sister Better Than You and Brother Know It All. They make their rounds to just about every church on the face of the earth. The last time I met Sister BTY she asked me why I didn’t sing or play the piano since my husband was a preacher who sang, played the piano, organ and violin. (Little did she realize that was my son on the organ/piano and drums along with his wife and my granddaughter as vocalists. Oh yes, my grandson plays guitar. (That would have added fuel to her fire and she would have attempted to have me dissolved into a mere cinder.) Seems she thought she would have been a much more competent better half for my husband. I’m not sure which thunderbolt of intellectual awareness she was hit with that day but I do have a good idea. Now her husband Bro. KIA thinks he’s so aware of everything there is to know about every thing. He is never afraid to let a novice or a seasoned man or woman of God know that he knows whatever it is that you think or might think you want to know. Just my opinion but if you see him coming… don’t ask him anything!!!!!!
Meekness of wisdom is a commodity that is hard to find these days, as all seek their own for their own self promotion, being devilish and sensual. Yet this Godly wisdom is true humility that comes from above. It is wisdom that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle (not abrasive and crude to the members of the body of Christ), easy to be entreated (can easily be approached without fear or being reprimanded), full of good fruits (love, joy, peace, gentleness, etc.). This wisdom is not in a denomination, dress code, way of thinking, following a certain preacher or minister, but is in God alone.
What do you have in your little red wagon? We should all have a meek and lowly spirit, not seeking our own honor and applause. We should all look to the good of others rather than self, seeking to live peaceably with all mankind. We are not to admire ourselves as some great person of God, but ascribe all things that we have to the grace of God, not lifting up ourselves, but doing all things to the glory of God.
Our little red wagon should be full of Christ.