I’m A Pepper
I don’t know what generation you belong to, but my generation will remember the Dr Pepper commercials of the 1970′s. A young man would walk and dance his way through crowds of people singing “I’m a Pepper, You’re a Pepper, Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?” Of course, as a kid, I wanted to be a Pepper. There was just one problem.
I didn’t like Dr Pepper. I couldn’t stand it. I still don’t. I understand that it is one of the oldest soft drinks and even precedes Coca Cola. I just never have liked it, or it’s imitator Mr. Pibb. I can’t really even tell you what it tastes like. I doubt anyone else can either. It just tastes like Dr Pepper.
I don’t really want to talk about Dr Pepper, though. What I want to talk about are deacons. You probably know what deacons are. However, if I asked everyone that reads this to define them, I would probably get a unique answer from everyone. Some might say that they are the leaders of the church. Some might say servants. Some might refer to them as the “board” of the church. Some might say that they are the pastor’s helpers. Still yet, someone might say they are the guys that yell, “Amen!!!” to the pastors especially good points.
The word deacon means servant. That should give us a hint as to what a deacon should be and do. A deacon should serve. Even when the first deacons are chosen it was so that the apostles do the ministry of the word and prayer and not have to worry about waiting tables. They served. I won’t get into the controversy over whether women can be deacons. That can be dealt with in some other post.
The bottom line is that all believers and followers of Christ should be deacons. We should all be servants. The way we each serve may be different, but we should all use the talents we were born with and the spiritual gifts we received with the new birth to serve the Lord and each other.
I’m a deacon. You’re a deacon. Wouldn’t you like to be a deacon, too?