“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Revelation 3:20 NKJV
My dinner with Jesus
Many years ago I watched a strange movie about a couple of men talking over dinner. Two white guys talking. My Dinner with Andre was one of most interesting films I had ever seen. It was literally a meal and little else. They didn’t gobble down their food and pay the check, they had a deep conversation about life, existence and what it is to be human. Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn played themselves, as they sat and presented art imitating reality.
When I consider the act of dining, I think back to the many times I have had the opportunity to sit and eat with someone. The time spent and the comfort, as we took our time and got to know the each other more deeply. We have become a fast food culture, where everything is done quickly. We eat too fast, we do everything on the go. Even worse, the smartphone has replaced the conversation.
In today’s verse, we have find familiar image of Jesus standing at the door. The focus is usually on whether we will let Him in. I am going to focus on the meal. I have to admit that I have rushed through my meal with Jesus. I grabbed my bible, found some familiar passages and skimmed through. I prayed for few minutes, in a very general way, not listening for a response to move on my heart. I just wanted to perform the task, gobble the meal, and go on with life. At the end of many a meal, I left Jesus at the table while I rushed off to the rest of my life.
Ironically, I desired the fruit of a close walk with the Lord. I, just didn’t want to do the work. I remember praying over and over for that growth, the maturity and the view of others through the eyes of Jesus. He is faithful. He created the opportunity for me to sit and eat on His time table.
These days, I have breakfast with the Lord. I sit, and I soak up the comfort. I find that the word is cutting my heart to the quick, as Holy Spirit encounters flesh, and refinement comes. I look into the mirror of truth and I see many things I don’t like. I am able to make corrections, wipe away the smudges, and see the change. All of this takes time. I will be the first to admit that I have more time these days than most, but I also admit that I had many opportunities in the past that I gave to useless things. I regret not spending more time at that meal.
To many times, I was a Martha, rushing about trying to do, when I should have been like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus, taking in the good part.
Believers, as this world begins to pick up speed, do not neglect that meal with Jesus. Develop new habits of holiness. Take your time and slowly chew the delicious morsels of God’s word, and savor the tastes. Take the time to sip the coffee and talk to your Savior. Let the time drift by. You will be glad that you did!
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