SPIRITUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
TABLE and CHAIRS -
THE 7 ESSENTIALS
The Lord set a “table” at which he feeds us. The table has 3 chairs, each representing a group of people. Chair 1 represents the curious person, attending church but not having made a commitment to the Lord. Chair 2 represents those who have recently made a commitment to the Lord. They are enthusiastic, but immature, not yet understanding much of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Chair 3 represents those who are mature, having made a commitment to the Lord and grown through the provision of the “organic essentials” God created us to need (see the health factors below). These people are mature enough to feed themselves (vs. being “fed” by the sermons) and recognize that they are there to help those in chairs 1 and 2.
In addition to these three chairs, there are two chairs people occupy when they choose to leave the table. One is a high chair, occupied by those who reject what is given to them and insist on having their own way (I don’t like the music, the people sitting next to me, the preaching, etc.). The time out chair represents those who have taken some time away from the Lord and/or the church. People do this for many reasons (anger, hurt, dissatisfaction, desire to hold on to a sin…), but the result is the same. They separate themselves from the Lord and his people, and typically continue to move further and further away.
Which “chair” at the Lord’s table do you believe you are occupying?
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