My friend, may I ask you a question? In eating it’s often acceptable to politely leave room for dessert, but does this apply to how we use our capacity for fully consuming the spiritual edibles on God’s menu of grace?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
We recently celebrated a birthday party here at Beech Springs. Usually these celebrations have two essential ingredients, and this was no different: food and presents. The birthday celebrant, or in this case celebrants, is allowed to choose the main course and the rest of us go to work, especially Holly, preparing lots of good food. Ahh, the smell of all those wonderfully crisp, fragrant and deeply pungent dishes. When the bowls and platters pass to the table around me a feeling of soft contentment settles in. Food is such a blessing. With prayer and toasts the feast begins. First helpings, second helpings and, yes, even that embarrassing third. It isn’t long when only the minimum of good manners is left upon the platters and inside each bowl. That’s when Holly urges that no food be spared and all bowls and platters be cleaned of their meager offerings. “No, no, that’s enough for me. You know, I have to leave some room for desert you know?” I hear that comment commonly right around the time Holly has moved the desert from the refrigerator to the nearby counter. Unless someone is willing to sacrifice his dining honor for that last piece of chicken or scoop of mashed potatoes, everyone is in polite agreement that less is best and room in the stomach must be preserved for later.
We all know that at the end of these feasts no room has really been left for a piece of pie, a slice of cake or dish of ice cream. We say it anyway just to set the table for digging in again, but this time with the sweets. In this sense it’s a type of counterfeit graciousness we overlook. With eating that’s perhaps acceptable, but not when it comes to how we use our capacity for fully consuming the spiritual edibles on God’s menu of grace.
Oswald Chambers writes: “The counterfeit of consecration is the conscious cutting off of things with the idea of storing spiritual power for use later on, but that is a hopeless mistake. The Spirit of God has spoiled the sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives. The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is entirely different from the robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. ‘I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.’ We are to be in the world but not of it; to be disconnected fundamentally, not externally. We must never allow anything to interfere with the consecration of our spiritual energy. Consecration is our part, sanctification is God’s part; and we have deliberately to determine to be interested only in that in which God is interested.”
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”(Galatians 6:24) When you and I sit down to feast upon this promise, the centerpiece of the holiest of feasts, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, how terribly insincere and dishonest it is to say that we must save some part of the feast in favor of another time when, in reserve, we can be even more effective in our efforts as disciples in service to Christ. The feast ought be never ending and we never be emptied of its flavor and goodness. The fat of our redemption is the Lamb and there must be no leftovers; for dessert my friend is heaven and eternal life will never fill us up. Amen! Let’s eat my friends. It’s time to celebrate and open a spiritual present unlike any other–Jesus Christ.
We pray. Heavenly Father, how gracious you are to have prepared a feast for us that when consumed we will hunger no more. Yet, we are sometimes hesitant to commit ourselves to partaking for fear that a polite Christian must save room for other times and challenges. Forgive us when we fast spiritually out of fear or the hope that someone else might do it better than us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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