YOU ARE INVITED!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010
An old gospel song has profound meaning for me. It says, “Jesus has a table spread / Where the saints of God are fed / He invites his chosen people, come and dine.”
What an exciting prospect: The Lord has spread a table in the heavenlies for his followers!
Jesus told his disciples, “I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom” (Luke 22:29–30).
Hungering for him means that, by faith, we also are seated at this table.
When the apostle Paul instructs, “Let us keep the feast” (1 Corinthians 5:8), he means let us understand clearly that we have been assigned a seat in the heavenlies with Christ at his royal table.
Paul is saying, “Always show up. Never let it be said your seat is empty.”
The sad truth is that the church of Jesus Christ simply does not comprehend what it means to keep the feast.
We do not understand the majesty and honor accorded us by having been raised by Christ to sit with him in heavenly places.
We have become too busy to sit at his table. We mistakenly derive our spiritual joy from service instead of communion.
We do more and more for a Lord whom we know less and less.
We run ourselves ragged giving our bodies and minds to his work, but we seldom keep the feast.
The one thing our Lord seeks above all else from his servants, ministers and shepherds is communion at his table.
This table is a place for spiritual intimacy, and it is spread daily.
Keeping the feast means coming to him continually for food, strength, wisdom and fellowship.
Ever since the Cross, all spiritual giants have had one thing in common: They revered the table of the Lord. They became lost in the vastness of Christ. They all died lamenting that they still knew so little of him and his life.
Our vision of Christ today is too small, too limited.
A gospel of “vastness” is needed to overcome the complicated and growing problems of this wicked age.
You see, God does not merely solve problems in this world—he swallows them up in his vastness!
Someone with an increasing revelation of Christ’s vastness need fear no problem, no devil, no power on this earth.
He knows that Christ is bigger than it all. If we had this kind of revelation of how vast he is, how boundless, measureless, limitless and immense, we would never again be overwhelmed by life’s problems.
Paul is an example to us. He was committed to having such an ever-increasing revelation of Christ.
In fact, all he had of Christ came by revelation; it was taught to him at the Lord’s table and made truth to him by the Holy Spirit.
Remember, it was three years after his conversion before Paul went to spend time with the apostles in Jerusalem, and he stayed with them only fifteen days before continuing his missionary journeys.
He later said, “By revelation he made known unto me the mystery” (Ephesians 3:3).
The Holy Spirit knows the deep and hidden secrets of God, and Paul prayed constantly for the gift of grace to understand and preach “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).
The Lord is looking for believers who are not satisfied with sifting through all the conflicting voices to find a true word. He wants us to hunger for a revelation of him that is all our own—a deep, personal intimacy.
It would seem that this sad state of affairs is even more true today, than ever before; as people today are much too busy with their own lives, doing their own thing, to be concerned about the things of God.
Most today, it would seem anyway, though they talk about God often, and many are religious, and some even attend church once in a while, but few there be that really know and love God… for even Jesus says, “To love God is to obey Him!”
I believe it was Saint Augustine who once said, “To know Jesus is to love Him; and to love Him is to want to serve Him.”
I believe it was also Augustine who said, “Love God with ALL your heart, mind, and soul, and do as you please;” meaning anyone who truly understood the supreme sacrifice and awesome love, which God bears for ALL His beloved children, they would never intentionally hurt Him!
I remember this story that was once told me about this man who was homeless, and lived in the streets of this particular town.
The lord of the town took pity upon him, and went down and picked him up out of the gutter; and brought him to his mansion to live, as a member of his family.
He cleaned him up and made him his adopted son, and invited him to come sit at his table.
This man was so grateful for this obvious demonstration of love and kindness that was being demonstrated towards him, that even though he possibly didn’t understand all the rules of his new home, he was very careful not to track mud into it; and he bent over backwards always to please his master, out of his love and gratefulness for all his master’s kindnesses towards him.
Likewise, this is our situation, whether we realize it or not.
God has invited us to come sit at His Heavenly Banqueting Table with His Son, Jesus Christ; and God forbid that we should be too busy with our own affairs and our own lives that we ignore His gratious invitation, as so many did in the above parable.
The wedding garment, by the way, that the one man failed to have on, is the Righteousness of Christ, provided when we accept by faith His atonement on Calvary’s cross, for the forgiveness of our sins.
This man obviously was trying to get in by some other way, other than through Jesus Christ… perhaps he didn’t think he needed a Saviour!
Obama has been recorded mocking the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount; and also has been recorded as saying Muslims and Athiest can go to heaven.
Former President Bush, who though he also claims to be a Christian, has said much the same thing as Obama; when he says that all faiths lead to and have a belief in the same God. The Bible clearly says otherwise.
The words of both of these men stand in stark contrast to the words of Jesus Christ, who said that “He was the ONLY Way, the Truth and the Life; and that no one can come unto the Father, except through Him!” (John 14:6)
Let us not take this offer for granted, and miss our only opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation back into God’s family!
Make no mistake, but that your only opportunity to avail yourself of this awesome gift and privilege is in this lifetime, between your entry into the world, at birth; and your departure, at death.
This means that for every individual, who has yet to commit their life to Jesus Christ, and be Born-again, their window of opportunity is getting narrower with the passage of each day; and there is no opportunity beyond this life for them to be reconciled to God!
Listen up people, do not take this for granted; and put off until tomorrow something you need to do right now; for tomorrow is not guaranteed to any one; and the truth is every breathe we take, and with every beat of our heart, it is all only by God’s grace.
So don’t be so self sufficient and prideful to think you don’t need God!
God created you, and He has provided you with your life and all that you have; but His purpose for doing so was always to have communion with each and every one of His Kids… including you, because He loves you!!!
This estrangement that happened as a result of SIN, which is our nature by the way, which is characterized by our independence and our tendency to want to do our own thing, and be the masters of our own destiny, all of which by the way we inherited from our father Adam… and let me be very clear here, because if a person is unrepentant (meaning they don’t change this way of thinking) and if they keep this independent attitude, it will bar them from God’s Kingdom forever. and they will find themselves in the same situation as the man in the parable (above) who didn’t have on his wedding garments!
Jesus Christ is both Lord and Saviour… do NOT leave home without Him!!!