Friday, January 11, 2008

Burgers

I have had countless bacon and cheese hamburgers. They are a weakness to my diet. Nothing quite hits the spot like a good one. TJ Road House Café in Colfax delivered the best beacon and cheese hamburger I have ever had. It took longer than expected, yet when it came out on the plate it looked like art. The cook that night obviously took his work seriously. I was only one of five other customers in the café that night. When I bit into the burger all the right tastes where present, fresh, and satisfying. The meat was not a frozen patty, the beacon cooked to perfection, the bun toasted evenly, and the produce crisp. It was good. Real good. It made me think about my craft, preaching. It caused me to consider if I deliver my product with pride. Do I just reheat something or do I take the time needed to bring to the waiting person something that is genuine, satisfying, and filling? Do I leave people thinking that was another burger or do they go away wanting more and willing to tell others about what was said? Thinking about the burger, I wonder if the church is trying to give out less than best when it comes to the gospel. I know I’m not the guy who invented it, yet if I’m in love with the message of Jesus wouldn’t I want to give it my best every time? I know it is not about my abilities only, yet do I reduce the process of bringing a message that is much more significant than a burger with excellence, or is it just like leftovers? That burger was something else; it was more than I expected, and I hope that as I put in the time with God in study, prayer, and preparation that He will take the message and cause someone to think, process, and respond saying this is the best news I have ever heard. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23Looking Up to Jesus;Eric VP