Happy Thanksgiving #teamawakening family!
We had a blast at our 1st Annual Thanksgiving Fellowship! We started off with a delicious meal prepared by Steve Sloan, and then gave students a chance to say what they were thankful for.
The title of the message was, “DON’T STEAL MY PIZZA ROLL!”
Our main verses were Psalm 23:5 and Psalm 34:8:
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
The word table in this verse is referring to a “high table” or a table of honor. Jesus prepares a table of honor for us in the midst of our enemies. Students were asked about some of the enemies they may have (people, fear, doubt, insecurity, etc.)
Psalm 34:8— Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Once you look up what the words in this verse mean in the original Hebrew language, the verse is encouraging us to try out what Jesus has given us, give him a chance to understand him more, and then choose for ourselves if what he has offered is better than what the world has to offer. The only way we knew how DELICIOUS Steve’s food was was to taste it. The only way to experience the blessings and goodness of God is to spend time getting to know him.
Students were told a story about a kid that went to the high school in the town I grew up. Everybody looked forward to pizza roll day. The pizza rolls were EXTREMELY cheesy, greasy, delicious, and without a doubt everyone’s favorite meal that the school provided. One boy wasn’t satisfied with just having one pizza roll, so he started a food fight. Once everyone got caught up in the food fight, he went around and took pizza rolls off of other student’s trays for himself. This is exactly what Satan tries to do to us. He tries to get us distracted and get our focus off of Jesus as we are seated at the table so he can steal the blessings in life that Jesus has given us (peace, joy, happiness, freedom, etc.)
We looked at the story of Judas to answer the question, “What do I do if I feel like God wouldn’t want me at the table?”
John 13:21-27NIV says, 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Judas was sitting beside Jesus at the table. It was a HUGE deal to sit beside the host. Jesus knew what Judas had done and what he was up to, but he still gave him not just a seat, but a seat of honor at the table. Think about what this would have said to Judas and the disciples about how strong and unconditional the love of Jesus truly is! Regardless of what you have done or the mistakes you have made, you have a seat of honor waiting on you at the table of Jesus. He is simply waiting on you to take a seat to place your faith and trust in him!
Judas was distracted by everything going on around him, and lost his pizza roll so to speak. I don’t know some of the things you all face, but one thing I do know, Jesus would be honored to have you at his table. Don’t let Satan steal your pizza roll
and the gift that God has placed before at the table.