Imagine sending a dinner invitation to a couple and the day of the dinner they arrive and while you get them a drink they quietly sneak out the front door without telling you.
All that work. All your effort. And not even the courtesy to tell you that something came up, or they weren’t feeling well, or whatever. How ungrateful!
Imagine dying so someone else could live and giving them that gift as an engraved invitation in blood and they say, “Thank you very much” but only occasionally come over to visit, or once in a while join you for supper, but always seem to find you when something is wrong and they need help.
This is what happens to us when we let the whispers of free choice influence our commitment to follow Christ. The lie that the voice uses to seduce us is that we don’t need to come to God’s table today because… and then the menu drops down and you get to choose from a litany of reasons why it’s OK to do anything else.
This is your first clue that you desperately need to be in the presence of God at the table He hosts. When we begin to question the necessity of joining the community of believers or excuse ourselves for any reason other than illness we are letting the whispers twist our hearts and confuse our minds.
That’s when it is time to look deeply into that engraved invitation and see the droplets of blood that stain the paper. Your baptism is written by the sacrifice of Jesus to die for you, substituting Himself and saving you from eternal separation from God the Father.
Your baptism is the invitation to daily “confess our sins and [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Knowing that He paid the price for you and continues to care for the cleanliness of your soul turns you to join with the community of the baptized and recline at the table of grace and receive the body and blood that unites you with Christ and each other.
This is your home, heaven, at God’s table with Christ as the host. Singing His praises with all company of heaven. There is no better place to be.