What will the table of the Lord be like?
Will it be made of solid oak, solid gold, solid pearl, a single precious stone, or some other substance that doesn’t exist on earth? Will it be covered with only sweet things, or any number of savory and sweet things? Will there be food to eat or will the light from God fill and satisfy all at once?
I don’t know the answers to these questions. But I do know that there is always space at that table. It is not that another place must be made, or another section of table added on. The table is large enough, with enough chairs and plates for every honored guest.
God knows those who are His and those who will be His, but don’t think, for even a moment, that any living soul is beyond His salvation.
The currently lost soul whom the Lord will save may be in the upper ranks of a terrorist group. They may be praying to and serving a false god, or they may just be serving their own flesh. They may be doing that now, but they will know the name of Jesus, and they will call on His name before they reach eternity. Anyone who tells them of Jesus may run the risk of losing their life, or losing their standing, but their life and livelihood would not be lost in vain.
The Lord knows those who are His, and He will not give up on them.
I am not saying that anyone who worships another god or murders on behalf of a regime or religion will find salvation in their actions, but God can break through those walls of deceit, and bring that lost soul to Himself. And I think it is His perfect will to use His sons and daughters in that effort.
A month ago, I heard the testimony of a missionary to Iran, Dan Baumann, who was beaten for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the moment when he was being beaten, he felt God telling him to love his enemies. But his first thought was, “Not now, God, thank you.” Again and again, he argued against God, but then he felt God say, “And how do you think I feel about this man who is beating you?”
God changed the subject, and Dan realized that God loved Dan’s persecutor just as much as He loved Dan; and that knowledge filled him with a deep love for his persecutor that overwhelmed him. In that moment of greatest pain, he finally saw that man as God sees him; a loved soul who doesn’t know how much he is loved.
Living in this comfortable society, where we are not usually being beaten by our enemies, we still can’t seem to love them. It is the hardest thing to do, but this is what God has called us to do.
Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you. And to him who smites you on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him who takes away your cloak; do not forbid him to take your coat also. (Luke 6:27-29)
At the Lord’s Table, we will all be brothers and sisters, with no room for hatred in our hearts; even if we should sit across the table from the one who carried out our death sentence. There will only be rejoicing in that day, because a lost soul found Jesus and found his or her place at the Lord’s Table.
At the Lord’s Table, you will sit across from the most unlikely of people, and only then will you finally see just how gracious your Savior is, and how you are just as undeserving to sit at that table as anyone else.
Though the salvation of men and women comes at a high cost, you will never hear Jesus complaining. And He does not ask His children to do anything that He was not willing to do.
Are you willing to lay down your life, so that even one lost soul may hear about the God Who died for them? Are you willing to tell your friend about Jesus, even if it means you lose them forever? Are you willing to risk temporal pleasures and/or comforts, so that one lost soul may have the chance of being found in Jesus?
You cannot tell, just by looking at a person, that God does not have a seat at His table for them, but you can know that God loves them. Maybe God will use someone else to preach the Gospel to your persecutor/enemy, but won’t your rejoicing in Heaven be even sweeter if you see someone there who you loved and sacrificed for?
In that day, you will not remember what you gave on their behalf; you will only be praising God for allowing you to be a part of that person’s redemption story, and you will finally get to embrace them as a brother (or sister).
Praise be to God that there is space at His table for you, but will you be found ready to come to the great Wedding feast? Will your lamp be lit and will you be dressed to meet the Lord of the feast?
I cannot answer those questions for you and I cannot make you believe in Jesus. All I can do is tell you that Jesus loves you, no matter what you have done. He wants you to know that you are loved by Him, and that His love has the power to save and transform you, if you only let Him in.
God is calling you out of sin and deception, and into the light of His truth and the salvation that comes through faith in Him.
What will your answer be?
Life or death?
Salvation or condemnation?
A seat at the Lord’s Table or outer darkness, where there is only weeping and gnashing of teeth?
There is space at the Lord’s Table for you, but will you accept His gift of salvation or will you cling to sleep, comfort, and laziness?
Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His.” And, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
Matthew 22 – The Parable of the Banquet
Matthew 25 – The Parable of the Ten Virgins
Dan Baumann’s testimony: https://www.persecution.com/2018-04-VOM-Radio/
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