Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many.” Luke 14:16 NKJV
It sure is crowded, I thought as I scanned the dining room for a seat at a table. It was lunchtime at a Christian writers’ conference. The dining room had round tables that had room for eight people. Most of the tables had a designated author or agent who would sit at the table, and seven other people could sit at that table with the author or agent. It was a wonderful way to get to know them and make connections with the people at the table.
I found a table with two empty seats and quickly made my way there. I didn’t know the author sitting at this table, but I enjoyed talking to her and the people at the table. While my fellow diners talked to her, I looked around and saw most of the tables had no seats available. If you wanted to sit with that author or agent, you’d have to try another time.
As I was thinking about that, I realized that there’s always a seat at God’s table. It doesn’t matter how many people are there, He can make room for one more.
He’s already sent out the invitations and paid the cost. All you must do is accept the invitation and show up as you are right now. No need to shower, clean up, change clothes, or anything. Just come as you are and no matter how many people are at the table, you’ll have His undivided attention.
Maybe you were at the table, but you left and think you can’t come back. Don’t believe that. You can come back and when you do, God will welcome you as if you’d never left. That’s what he did to the prodigal son. He saw the son a way off and went to meet him. He didn’t lecture him or make him grovel.
He rejoiced His child was back and threw a feast for him. He’ll do the same for you.
I finished my meal thankful that I came to the conference to meet all the wonderful people and thankful I have a seat at God’s table. God has a seat reserved especially for you, so stop making excuses and accept His invitation.