Starving at the Banquet

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I think one of the most tragic aspects of Christianity in this nation and modern society is that while church attendance may be dwindling, there are so many people who attend the services but get nothing from them. Why is that?

It’s so sad that people go to church to fulfill some duty, moral obligation, etc., and they leave exactly the same way as they were when they came. What God has placed before us, in this age, is a feast, a banquet, and we ignore everything he’s placed before us and live like empty husks.

We have powerful speakers, stunning music, amazing works of spiritual thought, the Bible, fellowship, etc., and we are so busy looking at our watches, wondering what we will fix for dinner, thinking about the next work week and what the kids will need for school, we totally sit there starving our spirits in the midst of God’s gracious bounty. He is offering us abundant life and we run past it on our way to a football game.

God longs for each and every one of us. He loves us so much he gave His only Son to die for our sins, and we sin in church itself by not taking what he offers. His spirit weeps over service after service, calling out for people to open up their hearts, minds and spirits to His leading, but we turn away or sit in the pews like wooden statues, not letting Him in, building brick walls around our hearts because we are much too smart to need Him. Is that it? Do we think we can handle life just fine without Him? Are we so busy trying to keep control of all of the mad, whirring plates spinning in our lives that we don’t see that He is still in control and that we don’t always have to be?

Won’t we let him fill us? Open up your spiritual mouths and feed, I pray. Listen to the gentle Jesus calling, weeping over you that he longs to gather you as a hen her chicks, but you won’t let him.

While our bodies may look healthy and plump, our spirits are dying. Listen to them as they cry out for nourishment. They are starving right in the middle of the banquet hall! No wonder we are weak. No wonder we feel lonely, afraid, sad and lethargic! We are starving our souls. We are letting them waste away when everything we need is right before us!

Don’t let another moment go by without taking some of the rich fare God offers out of his gracious bounty. He loves you. He wants you to feast and be strong because He needs you. There are people who are trapped in darkness and we need to shine a light, but how can we do that if our spirits are too weak to carry that torch? Why do we, as Christians, look just the same as the rest of the world? Because they have empty spirits and so do we. But that can change and it must.

Hear the calling of your God today. Open up and feast. Feast on his goodness before you waste away. Your spirit will thank you.

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