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What you bring to the table

20 Aug

Summer is ending for many…school is beginning and vacations are coming to a close.  As well, our fiscal year for the church is coming to an end too.  October begins a new year for us.  As I think about this past year and what is to come, I can’t help but think about many of us who aren’t using our gifts for the glory of God.

So, today I want us to consider what we have to bring to the table.

When we go to a job interview or we are joining a group, they will often look at what we bring to the table.  They want to know what we have to offer to the organization that will help make it work efficiently.

Employers and groups want to know what gifts you possess that will make a difference.  We willingly tell them about how we can do things and just how good we are at certain things.  We want to please them, even impress them.

Interestingly enough, God is asking us to bring something to the table too.  But, there is a really big difference.  Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that I think will clarify:

1 – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.  In this scripture, Paul is telling the people of Corinth not to look at their worldly status.  God doesn’t choose people to work for Him based on their worldly status or how much they have or don’t have.  He chooses people based on what He has put within them. 

What He has put within us is not measured by the world.  In fact, if we use what He has given us for His glory, nothing compares or is understood by worldly standards.  That’s why people can leave their careers and possessions and move across the world to show the love of Jesus.

It’s also why we can see God work in the lives of people in ways we could have never imagined. 

God uses the things we consider weak to blow the minds of those who think they are strong by worldly standards.  God does this so we know that it is Him and not anything we did.  He takes what we have and makes it something beautiful.

2 – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.  This scripture is important because it reminds us of what God brings to the table…His own Son.  God sent Jesus to die for us.  That really can confuse the world…speak of mind blowing!

We are called to the table because of what He has done for us.  We aren’t privileged enough to be at the table.  We aren’t worthy to be at the table.  But, because of the body and blood of Jesus, we can come to the table…and not just come, but we are called to the table.

What do you bring to the table?  Nothing we have is good enough at the table.  We might feel as though we don’t belong there and what can our measly gifts do at the table of the divine?

We are told in the Word that if we bring our all to the table, God makes something so beautiful of it when it is used for His glory.  God takes us and makes us something unique and special and blessed and used for Him.  That isn’t something that we get on our own.  Remember He takes the weak and makes strong for Him. 

So…what do you have to bring to the table?  Are you willing to bring your everything?  Are you willing to bring your gifts and talents and resources and time and everything so that God can be glorified?  What are you willing to bring to the table?

If you say you have nothing to bring, you are underestimating the power of the One that we serve and the One that has called you.
 
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