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Hanford, CA  93230-6701

Weekly Challenge: If Tables Could Talk January 27, 2019

     If our coffee table could talk, it would tell some amazing stories. I first saw it at my grandparents’ house in Casa Grande, AZ. That was over fifty years ago. My brother, sisters, and cousins used to play many games on it. Many of us could kneel around it. Over the years, it was in the midst of our family gatherings.

     Later, this coffee table was moved to my parents’ house in Atwater since my grandparents passed away. It had a prominent role in the Lord’s ministry there. People were invited for a time of hospitality and fellowship.

     I lost track of the family coffee table when I left home for Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in Michigan. I found out later it spent time in both my sisters’ homes. A few years ago, it needed a home and came to reside in Hanford on Cortner Street. It has served us through      parties, fellowship times, and piano lessons. Any piece of furniture that has such history brings familiarity, comfort, and peace to family    members.

     However last week, I chipped off a piece of wood from one of the legs while vacuuming the living room. I was sick about my carelessness. I feared I had ruined a family heirloom. While gluing it back together, I discovered this was an old break. My anxiety was quelled when I saw that my grandfather had repaired it long ago.

     Yes, I was relieved and reminded that this coffee table is only a tool and not a treasure. It is not necessary to have a coffee table in my home. It can enhance hospitality but is not needed to minister to     others. Furniture is to be used to share the Gospel, disciple others, and encourage those God brings into your life.

     In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught, ““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in    heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19–21, NKJV)

     Our material goods are to be used for furthering God’s Kingdom and His glory. We are to be good stewards of all that God has given to us. We should never forget that spiritual treasures are more important than earthly treasures. —Pastor Bud Haskell

This week’s challenge: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)