We have a lot of buffets in Lancaster. A Grand Smorgasbord is just down the road one way, and another one is close too. Then there are the Chinese buffets battling to outdo one another in their scope and size.
I’ll admit it, I love buffets.
The idea that you pay one price and can eat all you want is very enticing to me. I walk through row after row of serving tables loaded with food and think that I will beat the system. I not only want to get my money’s worth, I want the restaurant to lose money on me. It is very easy to argue that this is good stewardship of God’s money. If I only pay $10, but I eat $20 worth of food, than I just got a good deal right. I’m laughing inwardly at those stupid restaurant owners who created the idea of a buffet in the first place. Who came up with that proposition to lose money, I think to myself.
As I indulge. Overeat. Stuff my face.
See those words. Indulge. Maybe there is more to the buffet for me than getting a good deal. Maybe there is a temptation. I suspect I’m not the only one.
A friend of mine worked for a company who did some work at the granddaddy of all smorgasbords near us, and he told me that they had a special request for the plumbing when they expanded their building. They wanted extra-large pipes coming from their commodes to avoid the clogging that people were frequently causing in their old building. I wonder why??? Could it be the result of overindulgence?
Today we talk about temptation, how some people were faced with powerful temptations, how they indulged. See 1st Corinthians 10:1-13 as you prepare for worship this morning.
We’ll talk about what it can mean to defeat temptation rather than having it defeat you. Join us!