Give it to God – Jeff Petkevicius
The power of Serving others
As Christians, we are called to follow the example of Jesus. One of the most powerful attributes of the Character of God is His humble nature to become a servant to all of us.
[Mat 20:28 NLT] 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."
September has been an enormous month of opportunities to serve others. Just having returned from Houston and reloading my bags for Florida, I can testify to the blessing God provides when we put serving others as a priority. In Houston, we served 375,000 people warm, wonderful meals. There was all kinds of media attention and I recall being interviewed by CNN at one point and asked the question…. What does BBQ mean to you in this type of event… I thought for a second and realized that BBQ is a meal that floods our minds with warm memories of family get togethers, parties, picnics and wonderful celebrations. It’s a warm, happy place to go. For all those getting our meals, it’s a small way of saying that they are loved and that things are going to get better, just hang in there…
Being a part, a small part, of making that happen is a humbling and wonderful blessing. It doesn’t just happen. There are countless numbers of people working behind the scenes at OBR to line up resources, bring in equipment and keep supplies stocked. I am know to give those folks a hard time, but it’s just my way of saying I love them. As for the cook teams, I don’t have the words to express the miracles they pull off. Not only are they producing numbers that boggle the mind, but they do it with joy in their hearts. Our team functioned as a smooth, well oiled machine cranking out the protein, reloading the pits, and doing it again. Once the cooking and processing was done, they wouldn’t leave until everything was cleaned up and ready for the next run. I was brought to tears regularly with their dedication, hard work and amazing attitudes.
I am sure that this love train of producing outstanding BBQ meals for folks will carry on down to Florida and we will have more stories of seeing the love of Jesus in new ways. If you weren’t able to make it, I just encourage you to find a way to do so in the future. I suspect that any company would be willing to make adjustments and make a way for you to be a part of OBR in a deployment.
Jesus served each and every one of us by paying the ultimate price of dying on the cross for our sins, not His. He then went on to defeat death, rise again and be seated at the right hand of God. Jesus is our example, when we unconditionally serve others, there is nothing but big old smiles in Heaven. Give it to God, what are you waiting for?
[Mat 25:35-46 NLT] 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' 37 "Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 "And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!' 41 "Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.' 44 "Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?' 45 "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.' 46 "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)