…But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.1 Corinthians 12:31
There is another table set for you by the Lord. It is here that we find fulfillment for all our core longings. As the psalmist says:
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?Psalm 42:1-2
Just as only water satisfies the thirst of the deer, only the presence of God will satisfy our deepest longings. And the secret to finding our place at the table of the Lord is found in Galatians 4:4-7. It is when our identity is firmly planted in the work of Jesus that we can come to the Table of the Lord.
Here at this table we find everything we need. There is unconditional love and acceptance. We belong in the family as a full-fledged child. We are secure in the Father’s love and we know that his understanding is without limit. (Psalm 147:5) Our purpose and significance is found in lives that glorify God and point people to Jesus, not to ourselves.
There is always a place for us and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are waiting for us to join them. Their desire is that we know perfect unity with them. Anything we try to bring negates the work of Jesus and is not needed. He paid everything so we can freely come; we only need to come.
The image for today is entitled Rublev’s Trinity. Depicted are three angels said to represent the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are seated at a four-sided table with the fourth side empty. It is here that we are invited to come and participate in the intimacy provided by the Father. It is here that we find our core longings met. And it is from this place of intimacy and security that we are strengthened to live abundantly.
Knowing that I am completely accepted, loved, cherished, understood and valued gives me confidence to live fully alive.
Where are you sitting? Does the table of the world have your attention? Are you willing to come to the Table of the Lord? Everything we need is there in increasing measure and without cost. Why don’t you give it a try?