Recently I heard a pastor speak about our Lord not being fast food and that some people treat our Lord as a drive through "meal."
This post expands on that message.
Who desires to engage in fine dining with our Lord with exquisite linen accompanied by candles and the soothing sounds of worship music? What about to indulge in delicious appetizers seasoned with the right amount of organic herbs?
Our Lord delights in communion with us as we thirstily drink from His rivers of living water. At the table, we fellowship as we wait for the main course. Our Lord regales us with great stories and testimonies. We laugh with Him. We weep with Him for the glory that He so awesomely provides.
The main course arrives. Our Lord, the Bread of Life, blesses our meal. We slice into the meat that is of prime tenderness with succulent juices that surface.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
We enjoy every word that proceeds from the mouth of our Lord.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
There is much joy at the table as we sup with the KING. All are on one accord with the MASTER MAN. We get our fill.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
As we prepare to go forth into all the world, and preach the gospel, we clasp hands as our Lord prays to the Father for His will to be done.
Jesus summons the waitress and blesses her with a bountiful monetary tip - but the best tips that he gives her are His love assurances with this scripture from Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
The waitress is visibly affected. It is impossible to be in the pure presence of JESUS and not be affected. Tears well in her eyes as she thanks the Lord and says, "I believe."
JESUS replies, "I know you do. He motions to us his dinner "dates." He tells the waitress, "My children here will help you further." JESUS then smiles, waves and walks out the shut door.
...then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Fast food certainly has its place. It can be good in a pinch or when the funds aren't in thrive motion. There are seasons when we need to go the quickie route. Then there are the moments in life when we may only have time to say the name "JESUS." Once I was driving and had an accident. In the moment, the most that I had time to say was "JESUS." I yelled His name. Yes I did! Hallelujah! Immediately, I was comforted and felt assurances from on high. JESUS was present indeed and knew how to provide me that fast food. No one else delivers on His levels. Thank you, Lord.
Overall, though, we know that a steady diet of fast food is not healthy. Medical studies have proven that it clogs arteries, among other unhealthy things that it does. We cannot expect to sufficiently grow spiritually if we regularly drive through on our Lord. He is not a No. 2 or No. 3 from the fast food menu. He is No. 1 and we need to often indulge with Him in "slo mo" to give Him our best and to receive the best that He has to offer.
Let us habitually have sit down meals with our Lord in fine dining mode. He shares nothing but the best quality cuisine. Oh glory! how marvelously he feeds His sheep. Truly, to indulge in regular profitable holy digestion does our hearts good.
Samples from the scriptural menu:
I am that bread of life.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.