15 Jan Rubber Band Explosion!
I could be labeled an early adopter when it comes to the world of technology. However, in regard to tween fads I am a bit late to the party! That probably explains why it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that I had even heard the name “Rainbow Loom” or knew that colorful rubber bands had been successfully marketed to children around the world. Due to my ignorance, my oldest daughter ended up being late on the scene but when she got her first loom and colorful package of rubber bands she made up for lost time.
At first, it was great. I even convinced myself that it was educational and promoted developmental skills (you should have seen the dexterity, problem solving, and hand/eye coordination going on in our house!). Everything was going well until one day as I walked across the living room I saw a tiny blue rubber band on the floor. I picked up the lone escape artist and returned it to my daughter’s collection. Then out of nowhere I saw another on the table. It wasn’t long before I found these circular pieces of rubber nuisance everywhere…between the couch cushions, on the bathroom sink, in my office, on my bed, on the floorboard of my car. It was like a rubber band factory had exploded in my house! After several weeks of these rubber bands infiltrating every part of my life, I was struck with a thought. There wasn’t anywhere I could go in my house where a tiny rubber band couldn’t be found. In relatively little time they seemingly had a presence everywhere.
A well-known scholar and lay theologian wrote the following:
Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Spirit will arise in us. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call “good infection.” Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ continues to work in and through the lives of His followers to further the Kingdom of God. Together, all disciples are part of a called-out community known as the Church. In Ephesians 3:10-11, the Apostle Paul wrote, “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Those little rubber bands that had frustrated me so had become a reminder to me of who we should be as Christ-followers and how we should live on mission as the Church. As we grow as disciples, noticeable pieces of the character of Christ ought to begin to pop up in our lives. At first, others may get an occasional glimpse of who Jesus is in the way we speak or act but soon evidence of Jesus ought to be found everywhere. I love how C.S. Lewis’ use of the phrase, “good infection.” Part of being on mission and furthering the Kingdom of God includes us being a good infection. Carrying the story of Christ, we invade our culture, spreading the Good News, and multiplying ourselves. The more present we are, the more aware others will become and take notice.
Now, I know the analogy is flawed…no one wants the Church to be seen as a nuisance or to be the source of frustration. I never claimed this was a lesson in doctrine. But it does, perhaps, serve as a reminder of the encompassing presence of Christ that should be evident in our lives as His followers.