I remember the time when I was new to Jesus. I didn’t know Him well. I was excited about Him because He sounded so nice and so loving. I needed love. I know we all need love and the love He has to give is like no other. What intrigued me about Him was not only His eternal love but His integrity and His unwavering faithfulness. To me He was this faithful Savior whose love was deeper than the ocean and taller than Mount Everest. There was a giant aspect to Him. Every time I saw something tall or deep, I said to myself that Jesus was taller or His love was deeper. I liked learning about Him but I decided to know Him for myself. I set on a journey to find the real Jesus and to get as close to Him as possible. I didn’t want Him to be a person in a book. His Book was beyond anything I had read but I also understood that there was a real Person from the Book living outside the divine pages. I discovered that He was extremely approachable. He is closer than we think and He watches over us. The faithful loving Savior I was getting to know was very interested in having a relationship with me and that changed my perspective.
The religious Jesus who had been introduced to me slowly faded away as I got closer to the Jesus who loves and who reigns with majesty. I didn’t discard the Word of God. I read it every day but I made sure I talked to Jesus. I made sure I kept the lines of communication open and I gave Him my time. I knocked on His door and asked Him if I could come in. How did I do that? I prayed. It’s as simple as that. I said a genuine prayer. I asked Him to show me the real Him. I prayed for His Spirit to enter my life in a big way. I was honest and I was broken. I needed fixing and He took care of that. God is always so good and so caring. Every time we turn to Him with a sincere heart, He intervenes and He replies. I knocked a few times before I received a response. I think my head got in the way of His reply. He had spoken to me but I was too closed off to hear Him. What I found out is that not only does He love to reply to our prayers but He loves to give us more than we ask.
I asked for a seat at the table of the King so to speak. I asked for a corner seat so I wouldn’t be in the way and so that more important people could be seen. Everyone is important to the Lord. There are no front seats at His table. There is no VIP section and there is no protocol. We all have the same seats. We all have the same access to the King. He didn’t give me a small seat on the side like I thought He would. He sat me front and center where everyone else sits and He welcomed me with open arms. Jesus doesn’t reject anyone. I have learned that through the years. He has taught me that everyone who has walked the earth and who will walk the earth is welcome. He loves every single one of us. The King of Kings adores you and me. Once we get ahold of that truth, we can sit at His table and enjoy the feast before our eyes.
Today I want to reiterate that Jesus welcomes you all the time. He wants to spend time with you and He desires for you to get to know Him better. He wants to be closer than a brother. He wants you to understand that you are in His heart and He would do anything for you. He has a wonderful seat for you at His table and there are amazing dishes waiting for you. In His presence, you will find the water of peace, manna from Heaven, the fruit of the Spirit, and food for your soul such as peace and joy. There is plenty for you to enjoy. His lavish table is meant to show you how much He cares about you. Sit with Him every day. Spend time with His Spirit. Become intimate with the Lord. Adore the Father. Rejoice over the Son. You can get to know God more and you can have the confidence that He will always welcome you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 23:5; Luke 22:30; Romans 15:7