Imagine the scene: you’re headed to a party, but you don’t know that much about the host. There may be some food there; there may not. And even if there is, you may not like it. So, what do you do? You scrounge around at home, looking through leftovers and prepackaged goods to make a quick meal to tide you over. Even if you’re not fully satisfied, at least you won’t be hungry, right?
Well, get this: you arrive at that party, and the host has laid out the most incredible buffet you’ve ever seen. It includes an abundance of all of your favorites—even the things that you’ve never told anyone you desired—and the host invites you to have your fill. The problem is, you already have. You had enough of that less-than-satisfying food to quell your appetite, and frankly, there’s no room left.
It’s a sad state of affairs when we settle for less than we knew was coming, isn’t it? How much more so when that settling is not just about our meal choices, but rather about our relationship with God.
See, God doesn’t just want more from us; he wants more for us, as well. He wants us to be alive in Christ, fully walking in his grace, his love, his joy, his peace, his power, and his strength. That’s what this week’s lesson of Irresistible Invitation: Responding to the Extravagant Heart of Godis all about. Through prayer, Bible study, fellowship, an understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice, and a dependence on the Holy Spirit, we too can approach that buffet of all that God has for us, and we can confidently dig right in.
So where are you in all of this? At the table? Seeing it for the first time? Or standing at the door, wishing you hadn’t already filled up on empty calories? Please take advantage of this precious time, when you and your church family can approach the buffet together. It’s guaranteed to be the most satisfying, richly rewarding meal of your life.