Give it to God – Jeff Petkevicius
Then Jesus asked them, "Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. [Mar 4:21 NLT]
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. [Mat 5:15 NLT]
"No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. [Luk 8:16 NLT]
OK, so it’s 3 AM on a competition morning in Memphis and I’m sitting in front of my two pits that will be doing the work. I’ve lit my small chimney stand and it’s in the process of igniting the charcoal briquettes. As I watch it come to life, and I know you do the same thing….just sit there and watch it burn… LOL, God speaks to me.
I have both pits loaded with “un-lit” charcoal, poised to do their job in producing the outstanding BBQ that I’m hoping will do well in the competition but right now they are useless. God has me look at the chimney, which is now filled with red-hot coals, and shows me how it’s just like Church. We go to Church and are ignited for Jesus with Praise and Worship music, fellowship with brothers and sisters and a good word from our Pastors. We are in the building, we are “on-fire” for Jesus.
However, that red-hot chimney of coals has no value in my BBQ contest until…… UNTIL…. I pour the hot coals into the XXL Champion Charcoal basket J filled with un-lit charcoal. Then that heat spreads and ignites the fuel and goes to work for us. That’s US folks… As Christians we go to Church, we read His word, we fellowship to keep the fire ignited, but it is of NO VALUE in God’s Kingdom until we take it to the un-lit world out there and share the Love of Jesus with those who don’t know His Love….. Is that cool or what?? Our job is to spread the fire, move the light of Jesus from under the cloak of a building and into the streets.
And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. [Mar 16:15 NLT]
I just love how God uses BBQ to show us how cool He is. If you haven’t surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are one of the lumps waiting to be lit. I’m positive you’ve heard about Jesus, but something is holding you back from accepting that chimney full of hot coals and the Love of Jesus taking over your life. You job is to really think through what is holding you back, and the consequences of your decision. Read your bible… seek God to show you and then surrender to the peaceful life you always dreamed of, but could never accomplish without Jesus. Give it to God….your whole heart… What are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)