Table Set Before Me
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise
him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink
indeed. John 6:54, 55.
life is the receiving of the living elements in the Scriptures, the doing
of the will of God. This is what is meant by eating the flesh and drinking
the blood of the Son of God. It is the privilege of all to partake of the
bread of heaven by studying the Word, and thus gain spiritual sinew and muscle.
Each one must appropriate the blessing to his own soul, or he will not be
fed. . . . You know you would not be nourished by seeing a well-spread table,
and by others eating. We would starve if we did not partake of physical nourishment,
and we shall lose our spiritual strength and vitality if we do not feed on
spiritual bread. . . .
The table has been spread, and Christ invites you to the feast. Shall we stand
back, refusing bounties, and declaring, “He does not mean this for me?”
We used to sing a hymn that described a feast where a happy household gathered
to partake of the bounties of the board at a kind father’s invitation.
While the happy children gathered at the table, there stood a hungry beggar
child at the threshold. She was invited to come in; but sadly she turned away,
exclaiming, “I have no father there.” Will you take this position
as Jesus invites you in? Oh! if you have a Father in the courts above, I entreat
you to reveal the fact. He wants to make you a partaker of His rich bounties
and blessings. All who come with the confiding love of a little child will
find a Father there.
Come to the water of life, and drink. Do not stay away and complain of thirst.
The water of life is free to all.
Those who eat and digest this Word, making it a part of every action and of
every attribute of character, grow strong in the strength of God. It gives
immortal vigor to the soul, perfecting the experience, and bringing joys that
will abide forever.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 63, 64.