Have you ever been to a beautiful restaurant where the food was excellent but the service was poor? There were no smiles on the faces of the waiter or waitress and you were made to feel like you were inconveniencing them because they had to wait on you. You had looked forward to eating there because the food was so delicious but you were disappointed and you regretted going there to eat because of the attitude of your waiter or waitress. You could see them just standing around talking to each other but you had to wait several minutes before they came to your table to take your order.
Perhaps the food was not cooked properly. It was either cooked too much or not enough. There was no taste to the food because there was not enough seasoning on it or maybe there was too much seasoning on your food. Instead of the food being served on pretty dishes, it was served on plain dishes with no decorations and the food didnít look as appealing. You told the person you were dining with that you would never eat at that restaurant again.
O dear friends, God has the most beautiful and expensive restaurant that exists. The food is free to us but it cost Jesus everything. So that we might have this Bread of life, He suffered, bled and died for us on a cruel cross of agony and horror. What an expensive price our compassionate Saviour paid for us so that we might eat this precious Bread of life! He, who knew no sin, took our sins on Himself and allowed them to torture Him, abuse Him, ridicule Him, and scorn and mock Him. We could never have paid the price for our sins because God is a holy God and He demands perfection. Jesus is the only perfect person who ever lived or ever will live. Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price for us. Thank You for loving us enough to die for us.
We have been commissioned by God to serve this Bread of life, our precious Saviour, to our families, to our loved ones and to a world that is lonely, hurting, depressed, suicidal, without hope and discouraged. They are desperate for affection and are starving every day for unconditional love and compassion and for somebody who really cares about them.
They are waiting for someone to give them hope in the dark tunnel of fear and torment that they are trapped in by satan and by cruel words and cruel things that have been done to them. We have the hope of the world to give them, our risen Saviour. Letís open our hearts to these dear people and share with them how much Jesus loves them. Instead of criticizing them, letís love them to Jesus.
There are times when we fail to serve His unconditional love to others on beautiful plates. The plates are the smiles on our faces and the seasonings are the kind words we say to them. We fail to tell them about the kindness of Jesus and His compassion and love for them. They donít see the joy and happiness of Jesus on our faces or in our actions and they donít hear the tender forgiving words of Jesus coming from our mouths. I think that sometimes we forget that when we were without hope and without Christ that somebody took the time and effort to love us to Jesus.
Somebody prayed for us and we should be praying for them. We should be reaching out to them with compassion and kindness and take them out to eat, invite them over for a meal or go shopping with them. They need to know that Jesus loves them and the only way they will know that He loves them is by our kindness and the way that we treat them. There are times that we neglect to add the seasonings of kindness, forgiveness and compassion when we serve the Bread of life to others. We fail to present the love of Jesus by our hugs, our kind words and our loving actions. Instead, we try to shove religion down their throats.
May God forgive us for not displaying the unconditional love of Jesus by our words and by our actions. One day all of us will stand before a holy God and give an account of the way we served His Son to others. Letís make a special effort to present the precious Bread of life in an attractive and appealing manner so that people will be drawn to Him and give their hearts and lives to Him.
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