24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. [Act 20:24 NLT
Wow, this hit me right between the eyes. It’s so cool how God will use His Word – the Bible - to speak to us with messages we need to hear, exactly when we need to hear them. No matter how many times we’ve read a piece of scripture, God will re-cycle it to pinpoint what He needs us to hear at the moment we need to hear it.
Last month, I made the decision to do a small little cook-off in Brookhaven, MS. I learned about it at the KCBS event there a month earlier. I was given a flyer for a block party, chicken and rib cook-off sponsored by the Pleasant Ridge Pentecostal Church. The plan was to have a stage with Christian music, games and fun for all. I just had to check it out.
As usual, I got there early and was the only team on-site. Picked out my spot and began to set up. The organizers welcomed me and were excited that my billboard for Jesus truck and trailer would be front and center so people driving by would see it. Towards late afternoon, the teams started arriving and setting up and by early evening everyone was in place…..All 8 of us.
Went to bed early and up at 3 A.M. to get my game-face on and get things rolling. I love that time of the morning where everything is quiet and the world is just beginning to wake up and welcome in another day. As I sat there, with my coffee and bible, I asked God… what am I doing here? This is a non-sanctioned, tiny event with only 8 teams? Do you really want me here? As God is as God does… the answer came quickly. After spending some time with new friends just yucking it up as men do at BBQ contests, eating some, made from scratch, wild hog biscuits and telling the thank you fairy story to every team.. He began to show me.
One after another, guys were coming over to my camp and wanting to share their story with me. Some shared struggles they were having, others wanted to share their journey and trials along the way. Each of them felt a comfort with opening up to me on deeper issues of the heart…. And that was the clear answer from God. THIS was exactly where He needed me to be, for these men to share their hearts with someone they could trust. What an honor and a privilege.
The contest ended like they all do, I walked away seeing God in new ways and making friends that will last a life-time. I share all of this with you because God’s plan for your life is HUGE, but it may be very small as the world sees it. His plan may be for your biggest impact to happen in the smallest crowds. His glory and plan are for everyone to see the light of Salvation through what we do and how we live our lives. The first step in all of this is to surrender to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. He wants your whole heart and nothing less. Once done, you will
wonder why it took so long to make that decision. Give it to God…What are you waiting for? God bless you, I love you!