What if you were invited to a pot luck dinner and forgot your dish? What if the host said, "Nevermind, join us anyway. There's plenty of food!" I would feel like a total troll. Who does that? Evidently me. I would eat less than the other guests and make sure that I was close to the end of the serving line. In fact, I may even leave early or late so that no one knew I didn't have something to share. It would be difficult to fully enjoy the experience.
It is uncomfortable to receive when I have nothing to give.
But is it what we bring to the table? Never has been.
But is it about what we bring to the table? Never has been.
The table has been lavishly prepared by the Lord. Even our gold-embossed invitations were orchestrated by His design and stamped my His royal hand. We have two feet on a body that walked to the feast, and even those were knit together in our mothers' wombs with His string and knitting needles. We had nothing to do with it.
So why not delight and rejoice in the beautiful bounty? Cast away the guilt and unworthiness; that is fact and He invited us anyway.
Throw off the stains of former selves; He loves anyway.
Look forward and not back; the aroma of the feast is calling and the arms of the host are open.
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:6-9 (NIV)