Two Extra Plates: Read 1 Cor. 9:19-22
It is amazing what people, who seem to have no special talents, can do if they care enough to do what they can with what they’ve got. The following story illustrates my point.
Many years ago a deacon in a Boston church was troubled because he couldn’t speak in public or serve God in ways that others could. Finally he came up with the idea of putting two extra plates on his dinner table each Sunday and inviting two men who were away from home to eat with him. For more than thirty years he followed that practice and became acquainted with hundreds of men who attended that church. Many of them became Christians as a result of his influence. When he died he was buried in Andover, about thirty miles from Boston. Because he was a well-known merchant, a special train was chartered to convey the funeral party to the burial site. It was announced that a special railroad car was reserved for any of his friends who had become Christians through his influence. One hundred and fifty men packed that car in honor of the memory of the man who had helped bring them to Christ by the means of an extra dinner plate!
That just goes to show what God can do with a person who is willing to do what they can with what they’ve got. God can use anyone who is truly willing to be used for His glory. Something so simple as providing a meal for people can become a powerful means in bring people into God’s kingdom. Stop fretting about the things you can’t do and think about the things you could do to be a blessing to someone else. God will bless you for it.