Take My Order
Today, I decided to go to a chinese restaurant that is just a few minutes from my home. I have always been a sucker for the small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants as you can often find a diamond in the rough. Today's experience in that restaurant was a brief but insightful experience.
The entire experience goes like this:
I walked into the restaurant
The smell of fried rice and soy sauce filled the air
Pictures of tantalizing dishes were featured on the walls and the overhead menu
I waited 5 minutes, but no one was seen
That's the real story. I kept looking for someone to appear and say "May I help you" and I knew what I wanted because of ample time looking at the pictures and the menu. There was no one seen in the back, the stove had been on, but was now empty. Multiple "Hellos" were not responded to. Just plain empty. How frustrating, because I was hungry and I knew what I wanted.
God began to remind me of those who are hungry and thirsty for him. How they often come to church and hear about things that will quench a lifetime of thirst and belly full of hunger. They come to church because they are hungry and they know what they want. They want God and His purposes for them. However, just like the restaurant I experienced today, no one takes their orders. No one stops long enough to explain what's on the menu and make sure that our hungry guests are fed. We often assume that if we are fed, then others are being fed as well.
If you are a church member, I challenge you to make sure that those who are hungry know where and how to get food. You may need to feed it to them initially, but people who have their hunger satisfied, never venture far away from its source.
Lets take their orders and fill them with that which we received freely and can give freely!
Pastor M Traylor