Every once in a while while growing up, Dad would say, “Let’s go to the mall.”
And we knew that if Dad wanted to go to the mall that meant that everyone was going to get something. And that something was going to be nice.
It didn’t matter what we had scheduled, we would drop everything just to go with Dad.
If I was supposed to meet up with my friends, I’d cancel to go with Dad. If I was supposed to go on a date with a girl, I’d cancel to go with Dad. If I was supposed to do anything, I’d cancel to go with Dad.
Because I didn’t want to miss out.
I wanted to get what I could only get if I was with my Dad.
Forfeiting the blessings.
In Luke 14, Jesus tells a story of how The Master is having a great banquet and everything is ready. The table has been set. So The Master sends our His servant to tell everyone it’s time to come. But those invited started giving excuses as to why they could not be there.
They chose to miss out.
And sadly, we, Christians do the same thing.
No, we may not miss out on what The Father has prepared for us at His banquet table because we want to try out our new oxen, but we miss out for reasons that are just as ridiculous.
We miss out because we are chasing recognition at our jobs. We miss out because we are too busy. We miss out because we don’t like the others sitting at the table. We miss out because we don’t want to change.
God longs for us to sit at His banquet table.
What we find prepared at The Father’s table trumps any excuse we can think of for not coming and sitting.
It’s at His banquet table where we find peace. It’s at His banquet table where we find joy. It’s at His banquet table where we find healing. It’s at His banquet table where we grace. It’s at His banquet table where we find mercy.
The banquet table is the place of His presence.
So let’s resolve.
Let’s resolve to still our hearts and take our seat at His banquet table and receive the things that only The Father can give us.
Let’s not miss out.
The table has been set.