Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Parable of The Tasty Buns

Yesterday afternoon at work we received a most joyous e-mail. Texas Roadhouse had dropped off some of their amazing dinner rolls and signature cinnamon butter for us to sample.

Wow! Did the news spread fast about those amazingly tasty buns! You could actually hear people running down the stairs and through the halls. Everybody was familiar with the tasty buns from Texas Roadhouse.

Still, there were some people who were not interested. Obviously insane. But more likely on a diet of some kind or they were still full from lunch. Still, being gifted something like this doesn't happen everyday. Or does it?

How did you feel when you first came to know Jesus? Are you one of the ones who had a mountaintop experience and that sudden realization that Jesus was real? That was how it was for me. Man, I could not WAIT to tell people what had just happened. The only problem with evangelism is . . . not everyone wants to hear the message.

Perhaps we need to take a lesson from Texas Roadhouse in our evangelism efforts. We already have an amazing product" in our Saviors offer of eternal life and the forgiveness of all of our sins. But how can we get other people to sample what Jesus has to offer? That's easy. Love.

My wife says that the rolls from Texas Roadhouse are a little sweet. That's why they taste so good. Perhaps our witnessing to others about the love of Christ should be sweet as well. Sweetened with the same kind of love He gives to us.

I'm not advocating sugar coating the Gospel, the consequences of sin and the need for repentance like some preachers do. But I AM suggesting we love a little people a little better than we do. That unconditional love we show others is a telltale sign of a true Christian.

We cannot change anyone's mind regarding their beliefs. But we can love others and patiently wait as God's Holy Spirit does the changing. And pray.

We have incredible news to share with the rest of the world - the Good News of The Gospel. How amazingly beautiful must that news be to someone who is dying and in a state of hopelessness.They're everywhere. Let's offer them a sample of Christ's love for us. Perhaps then they will see that the Lord is good! :)

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." - Psalm 34:8

"7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"" - Isaiah 52:7

O Taste and See - Jenn Johnson

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