SOLD OUT! And Souled OUT!
Those of us in the competition BBQ world are all involved in “catering” to some degree. The mere fact that we take our BBQ skills into the competitive arena, speaks to our expertise with meat on heat. Many of us have businesses to provide our works of epicurean delight to the public and most of the country’s best BBQ joints have a competition PitMaster somewhere in the mix.
With all that said, when we hear the words, SOLD OUT… it brings a flurry of emotions on both sides. To the PitMaster, it’s a badge of honor, a sense of complete satisfaction to know that everything you prepared has been taken and enjoyed. All that you have is GONE! There is no more available to be had until the arduous task and hours long cycle of creating more starts all over again. SOLD OUT = Huge Success for PitMasters it is the most powerful testimony to the quality of the BBQ you provide, demonstrated by the customers!
For the customer, SOLD OUT has a different meaning. It means you were too late, you MISSED the opportunity that others have enjoyed and YOU won’t get any! It makes you search your decision making to see where you could have done things differently to get to the BBQ spot earlier and had a chance at what others are enjoying and YOU DON’T! Disappointment for sure, and not necessarily with the PitMaster, but yourself for the missed opportunity. A time to make a note, and be prepared to show up earlier next time and not MISS the chance to get what is obviously amazing BBQ.
In our lives, there are a number of occasions where we come across people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior before we do. It’s hard, and somewhat impossible, for us to understand what is going on in their lives, but there is no doubt that the person is changed. The excitement and enthusiasm for their new direction is undeniable and remarkable. To put it another way, they are SOULED OUT!
For the person who makes the decision to give their life to Jesus, it parallels the PitMaster in the sense of joy and accomplishment of knowing that God is who He says He is, You become one of His children, and Your soul belongs to Him. All of who you are is acceptable, and complete. There is no more “old you” you have SOULED OUT! You are Born-Again! God’s word tells us, Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, old things have passed away (sold out) and all things have become new.
Unfortunately, for those who never make that life decision, the consequences are waiting for them when they face God. Everyone who ignores the opportunity to embrace their new life in Jesus Christ, will find the window to eternity in heaven closed. Sold out, missed opportunity, bad decision making and a dreadful eternity to be reminded of it. The devil doesn’t want us thinking about the reality of judgement day, but it will happen for all of us. As a friend of mine shares often, Life has many options, eternity has two!
Are you in a spot to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior? Today would be a great day to make it happen. Turn over your life, Sell out to the God who loves you more than you can ever imagine and be on the right side of the SOLD OUT window. Give it to God, 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. :)