It is that special time of the year that gets wedged in between football season and Christmas. It is a time to be thankful and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all of our vast blessings. We gather around long tables, we hold hands and say grace. Then we commence to stuffing our faces!
Turkey, stuffing or dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, roasted parsnips and carrots and homemade cranberry sauce. Then the parade of casseroles: green bean, sweet potato, hashbrown, and taco. Take a deep breath now, cause the desert train is stopping by with pumpkin and pecan pie, chocolate, red-velvet, and carrot cake and maybe just maybe there is ice cream and/or whipped cream to top it off.
When the meal is over there are a ton of groans and moans. Some undo there belts and waistbands for relief while others came dressed with elastic so things could stretch out and get comfortable.
The couches and recliners are put to good use. Bodies lay in wait. Digesting. Making room for another go around the buffet.
There is usually one person who does not flop down and stew in the Thanksgiving gluttony, it is the person who begins the clean up. This one eats lightly as to not become over full and sleepy. For while everyone else is recovering with a nap, this person’s work has just begun.
Now, let us do a dab of comparison, shall we? If the Thanksgiving table is the blessings of the Lord, and the diners are church members then something telling comes to view. Christians will sit around God’s table and consume God’s blessings until they can not hardly move. They can not clean up nor can they go out and bring others inside to enjoy.
We should now read the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
“Go ye therefore…” Jesus is quoted in verse 19. Note it does not say, “Dearly beloved sit.” But a command to “Go!” Go is a verb. An action word. Jesus wants his children to be sharing the gospel to all nations. Sitting around the table of God and doing nothing is simply unacceptable behavior.
What if there is someone out in the world that you and only you could share your experience with and they would come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ? This person needs to hear not only God’s Word but a personal story of how God made himself real in your heart and life. We all go through personal triumphs and defeats and our gracious Lord will use those to bring glory and honor to Himself. This individual is waiting for you yet they do not know. God is waiting on you and the question remains can you get up from the bountiful table and share?
God’s abundance is definitely for His children to enjoy, however, the great commission is not a suggestion. Someone took the time to share Christ with you or you would not have come to know him. You are commanded to do the same for others. You are told to share Jesus.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25.
God has promised us blessings for doing His work. He wants us to remember that there is a time to work and a time to party. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
There is a time to work, and a time to rest. We must get our priorities in the correct order so that God will see by our actions that we desire what He wants. We must be doers of the Word.
Remember, there is no one else like you and your experience that almost broke you can serve a wonderful purpose. That spouse that abused you, losing a child, beating cancer, and battling depression can all be used to share Jesus with someone else. It is not something to hide simply because it is too painful. It is a situation that can open someone’s eyes to the glorious plan of Salvation. You can lead them to Christ and bring victory to yourself by testifying what God brought you through.
It is hard to push back from a table that is loaded with scrumptious food. The aromas, the textures, and the sheer volume of food can be tantalizing. However, if we sit at the Father’s table and do nothing, I can’t help but wonder, “Who is really the turkey here?”
This Thanksgiving when you sit down to your meal remember this example. Eat and enjoy but do not be glutinous. Remember there are dishes to be done-just a bit of work before the season is over.