“Show-er Upper”

A meeting was going to be taking place at one of our churches. I ran into a friend who was on the way to the meeting and asked him if he was going to lead the singing. “No,” he said, “I’m not a song leader. I’m not a leader of the group. I’m just mostly a ‘show-er upper.’ That’s one of the things I do best. I show up.” Now, he’s an extremely humble man but I can tell you one thing for certain: show-er uppers are wonderful people and they are terrific to have in your church.

Truthfully, if it wasn’t for show-er uppers in our churches, there would be a lot missing. The characteristic of a show-er upper is they’re faithful. I mean, real faithful. They are not just show-er uppers on special occasions, not just there because they like the speaker or someone who is going to be singing or something else that tweaks their fancy. They faithfully do what they are capable of doing, and that is showing up.

Faithfulness is a tremendous thing. Some people think they’re faithful because they’re about as faithful as a broken watch. As you well know, even a broken watch is right twice a day — but show-er uppers? They make a difference because of their faithfulness. In John 6 Jesus had just performed His largest miracle ever: the feeding of the 5,000 plus the women and children who were there. Then as Jesus challenged the people to give everything to the Lord and let the Lord invade every part of their lives, they started to go away. Jesus asked his disciples, “Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:67-68). Faithful. While other people go away, the faithful stay. In truth, the disciples at this point were show-er uppers.

Show-er uppers are not only faithful; they are foundational. So many things they provide in the Kingdom work help build a solid foundation for everything else we try to do. They give. They attend. They participate. They go. They encourage. They are foundational to the existence of the Kingdom of God. The Lord looks to these folks. When He called Simon, He said, “I am going to name you Peter, the Rock. And upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:16-18). The very solid foundation of people who know Jesus creates an unshakeable foundation of faith and hope.

The show-er uppers are also futuristic. They are not just stuck in the past, bogged down in what used to be. They touch the world today. They show up now. They witness in the moment and wonderfully they do make a difference. They are show-er uppers.

It could be said that Jesus was a show-er upper. I know He did so many marvelous things, but one of the things He did was show up. Let me just point out to you in Matthew 17 it says that Jesus took His disciples Peter, James, and John up on a mountain and there He was transfigured before them and the glory of God was seen in Jesus. “And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid” (Matt. 17:7). There was a moment of instant nobility. They had seen Jesus work. They had heard Him teach but on this day, the splendor of the glory of God was seen by them and they knew that He was someone like no one they had ever seen. At that moment, all He did was become one of the show-er uppers.

Another time that He was a show-er upper was in Mark 1:14. It says that He came, the show-er upper, to Galilee preaching the Good News of the Kingdom. The incredible news was unleashed on the world by Jesus, the show-er upper. Then in John 11:17, such a familiar passage of Scripture, Jesus came to the grave of Lazarus, His dear friend. There, He discovered that Lazarus had been in the grave four days, and the show-er upper is faced with impossible needs. For Mary and Martha, life could not be worse. Their brother was dead and buried, Jesus got there late, surely nothing could be done, but the impossible needs are going to be affected by the show-er upper.

These verses and many others record for us what is true of Jesus throughout the Gospels: Jesus the show-er upper still comes to you and me. I don’t know what is the need in your life, but I know that all of us have those incredible moments when we desperately need a word from God, a work from God, the wonder of God among us. He shows up. Would you this very day not only allow the Lord to come and be a show-er upper in your life, but commit to being one of those people in your church, in your circle of friends, in your home who is found faithful, showing up to be what God wants you to be?

The author can be contacted at directions@mbcb.org.

Jim Futral

Executive Director-Treasurer