What if I told you that my husband demands elaborate dinners every night? He only wants the freshest and finest ingredients, which means a daily trip to the grocery store. He doesn’t like to eat leftovers, so there isn’t even a night off. He wants fine wine, candles lit, and background music. You might have a few different responses. One might be, “He sounds like a tyrant who is very difficult to live with! You must be exhausted from all that work every day!” Another might say, “Well, he works very hard all day and deserves that. After all, you get to spend your days writing, playing tennis, and anything else you want. He has every right to demand that of you!”
Well, I didn’t tell you the whole story. The truth is that my husband does demand those things but he does them all himself. He loves to cook and creates incredible dishes for our family. He even enjoys going to the grocery store to pick out the best ingredients! He doesn’t ask me to do anything except to sit down at the table and enjoy the food that he prepared. In fact, he loves to entertain and is happy to cook for as many people as I will invite over! Sometimes as our guests are raving about the delicious food, my daughter will say proudly, “We eat like this, every night!”
If you read the Bible without the lens of the finished work of the cross, then you will see a lot of rules and a God who you perceive to be demanding and impossible. But, when you realize that He came to earth and fulfilled every rule Himself so that we can feast at His table forever, then there is a sense of relief, gratitude, and praise. He then writes those laws on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 10:16).
“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4, NASB
So, if you haven’t already, accept God’s loving invitation today, and take your seat at His table. He doesn’t ask you to bring anything. In fact, He doesn’t want you to. If you try to add anything to this meal, you will only ruin it. “Just bring yourself!” As we tell our dinner guests at the Clark house. Relax and enjoy the feast!
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” Isaiah 55:1-2, ESV
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