Wednesday, April 28, 2010

its all in the presentation

Ever hear a chef say, "It's all in the presentation"? When he brings that plate out to us and sets it before us, we immediately look upon the plate before anything else. Most of the time as we look before us we say, "Wow, that looks really good!" As we take that first bite, we feel a magic inside and we begin to bubble as our taste buds are shouting, "Hallelujah!!"
That chef worked his gift as he put everything together. He knew just where to place things, just how much and indeed he had the right recipe for delight. He didn't just walk into the kitchen one day and say, "Um, can I just kind of see what I could put together for someone?" His talent took time to form, to mold, and to grow. He used the gift before him with all that has been given. He didn't wasted what was before him. I am sure he studied, he learned more than he could ever imagine. And most likely, when he made that first dish, it needed improvement, but a good chef doesn't give up. He continues until it is just right. I can see the look upon his face as he brought out that once in a lifetime dish as he thought, "Wow, this is awesome, how did this happen?"

The Lord gives us all we need to bring glory and honor to Him. Nothing is added later, we are made complete in Him. It is through Him that we present ourselves pure and holy. It is through Him that those gifts shine before others. It is through Him that we look upon ourselves and say, "Wow, that is good, thank You Lord."

As we taste upon the delicious bounty before us we can forever give thanks to God for all He does. There is nothing that touches us that is not prepared by Him first. He is the Great Presenter. He is the Original Designer. When He brings something out before us, we look upon it with amazement. He gives us a dish we do not deserve to take part in. His amazing grace. Oh, how sweet it is. Have you tasted it? I have, and it is the most amazing thing I have ever tasted and there is nothing else like it. Nothing can compare to all God has before us.

He gives us the great presentation, and we, as His children, have the gift of presenting it to others. As others see this great gift before them, their eyes will first look out at what is before them, they will thirst no more, nor will they hunger again, for all Jesus has is enough for everyone to feast upon!

1 Peter 2:2-3 "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."

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

Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."
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