I recently had a wonderful get-a-way weekend with my wife right here in Kansas City (well really wonderful after running 13.1 miles, but that’s a different story). We went to the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts to see the ballet of the Wizard of Oz—which was fantastic! We also enjoyed a gourmet 3-course meal while there—this is the type dining experience where the chef smears sauces on your dish on purpose for an artistic touch. This too was a fantastic experience except perhaps when I asked the waitress if I was to pay at the table or up front—my tactful wife had to remind me we were not at Denny’s. I was a bit out of my element with this gourmet 3-course meal; my normal would be a deviled egg, a braut or burger off the grill (with BBQ sauce spilled on my plate), and a brownie.
Eating of course is a necessity of life and it can be an enjoyable experience. How we approach our daily diets is important, but it is temporary to our lives. Go with me to look at a better than gourmet meal God has offered to each of us.
We must start as all good meals should be started with a drink. Jesus offers us the best drink ever in John 4:14, “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The first decision each of us must make, and it does require an act of humbleness, is to accept the truth that we need a Savior and the only Savior is Jesus Christ.
After the necessity of water, a meal grows, but sometimes we have not taken seriously the next steps and have not prepared ourselves for more substance—we might be ready for soup, but not steak. Hebrews 5:12-14 tells us, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” We can see that when we mature in our faith…we get the steak!
What is better than a gourmet 3-course meal? What about a banquet? What about a lavish banquet that lasts for eternity? See what the prophet Isaiah wrote in 25:6, “The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine.” You see this banquet is open to everyone; however, reservations are required and the only maître d’ is Jesus Christ.
Do you have your reservation?