A Simple Meal
A simple meal can make all the difference. Think of the Last Supper. Was it a complicated meal? It was probably the simple food served during the time Christ walked this earth. But it had a great purpose. It was the last time Jesus would sit with his friends and eat together before He would be crucified. He wanted them to remember that meal. They broke bread together in remembrance of His body which would soon be broken for us. They drank the cup together in remembrance of His blood which would be shed for our sins. It was a memorable meal...much more memorable looking back, I’m sure, than it probably seemed at the time. How could they really comprehend what Jesus was saying?
I had a simple meal with a friend of mine just the other day. It was probably our last lunch together for a while, since she is moving a distance away. We sat and talked with each other, of course, but we also had the opportunity to talk with a couple of the waiters. One noticed my Aircast Boot. He began to tell us an amazing story of the time he wore a boot for seven months. His friend had put the car into drive instead of reverse, and it had trapped him in between two automobiles. His legs did not fair well. One had a lot of nerve damage. He did recover, and even though a bit of nerve damage remains, he said he plays soccer better than ever. We talked of being thankful to God. He pulled out the cross he wore around his neck and agreed. The other waiter, who actually brought us our simple meal, entered into a discussion with us about Jesus. He wasn’t so sure about what he believes. He has some of the things that trap us in unbelief working on him...hypocrites in the church, trying to be good enough for Heaven instead of resting in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, depending on infant baptism to save him, to name just a few. I thought he would start to avoid our table. Instead, he kept coming back and spending time talking with us. This lunch was having a much greater purpose than we could have planned. Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, with someone who is interested in learning more about Him, brings such added dimension to a simple meal.
As I read Peter 1:9 this morning, I found an interesting line of Scripture that I hadn’t noticed before. It said, “…the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” It struck me because we have such an awesome goal as Christians—eternal life in Heaven. And that gives us an awesome goal each day, to share the Good News wherever we are, whatever we are doing. Perhaps even during a simple meal with a friend.
Searching And Noticing the Divine can become a habit—a good habit because Divine appointments can happen at any time. God sets them up for us because it’s important to not only prepare our own hearts for meeting our Savior, but it’s important to help other hearts prepare, also. Jesus was preparing His disciples for what was to come. He wanted them to know what He knew, that the goal of their faith is Salvation through Him. It may seem too simple, but God’s Truth is not complicated. It’s direct, efficient, and all sufficient.
…for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:9NIV (1995 Edition)