Summary: This sermon was preached at a revival and emphasized that God has many blessings to choose from.
Standing in God’s Blessing Buffet Line
Text: Ephesians 1:3 (New Living Translation)
How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.
Subject: Standing in God’s Blessing Buffet Line
In 1973, a fledgling Golden Corral Corporation took a confident first step into the restaurant business and opened its first restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They began a tradition of partnering great tasting food with friendly service for the best value. 33 years later, Golden Corral boasts that its family-style restaurants offer the biggest and best buffet and grill available anywhere. Their famous buffet contains an array of food choices including hot meat options, pasta, pizza, fresh vegetables, salad bar, and a selection of carved meats at dinner and on Sundays.
Golden Coral takes exceptional pride in their Great Steak Buffet which features "all-you-can-eat" sirloin steak that is cut fresh daily for better flavor and juiciness and are grilled to order. They also provide a variety of menu items that are cooked right in front of you at the grilling station. These items include grilled chicken, pork, salmon steaks, steak burgers, sausage, and more to provide a constant variety of delicious grilled products for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Furthermore, the Brass Bell Bakery and Dessert Café serve up fresh baked goods and tempting desserts each and every day. In fact, piping hot yeast rolls, delicious cookies and fudge brownies are baked fresh every fifteen minutes!
But on tonight, now that I’ve gotten your attention and caused the pangs of hunger to awaken your stomach, I want to talk about a different kind of buffet. For although Golden Coral can fill your body with food that enhances its performance, both Matthew and Luke recorded Jesus saying that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
So there is something else that God wants to give to us that will satisfy our appetites. There is something else that God wants to give to us that will quench our thirst. There is something beyond breakfast, lunch, and dinner that God is laying out in front of us and allowing us to take in as much as we possibly can.
You see my brothers and sisters; I am no stranger of Golden Coral and the pleasures that await me upon every visit. What I enjoy most is the fact that there is a variety of foods that awaits me every time I choose to go there to eat. I am not restricted like I am at KFC, McDonalds, or Burger King. If I get a value meal at one of these restaurants, then I am restricted to a burger and a burger only. Or I am restricted to a chicken sandwich and that’s it. KFC will give me a couple of pieces of chicken and some bread, and I do understand that preachers love chicken, but when I go to Golden Coral, I am blessed with many different choices that can meet whatever my taste buds tell me that I’m in the mood for.
If I want chicken I can have chicken. If I want chicken and fish, then I can have both at no extra charge. If I want spaghetti and a salad I can have that too and there’s no additional charge. A slice of pie is no extra charge! Some cake and ice cream are extra charge. I can eat whatever I want, as much as I want, and I’m not limited once I’ve paid the price to go in.
But what I’ve found out my brothers and sisters is that there are times, when Golden Coral is busy and I may have to wait in line for what I want. If I want a steak grilled the way I want it, I may have to wait for a few minutes. If I want some hot fried chicken wings and there are none left for the taking, I may have to wait a few minutes until some more chicken is fried. I may even have to wait around the buffet line for more of something that everyone else thought was as good as what I was expecting. But when I stand in line I find out that after the person in front of me receives what they’re in line for, I can move up a little bit closer, until I get myself in position to receive the foods that I desire.
It is with this same concept that GOD lays out in front of us a buffet line of blessings. He lays out an array of blessings to the point that we are blessed coming in and we are blessed going out. For just a few minutes I want to deal with some of the blessings of God.