I love cooking, but when it comes to Easter, we go out! There is this certain restaurant out by Smith Mountain Lake that has become an annual tradition for us, every Easter. The lunch buffet is like no other. Chinese food, American food, make your own omelets, waffles, and a plethora of dessert items, if you have room that is. We have learned over the years that making a reservation is the way to go.
So we arrive.
Pass through the crowd.
Hear the murmuring of the customers, "I've been waiting here over 40 minutes!"
We give our name and within minutes, are seated.
Of course this caused an uproar by the ones that have been waiting for so long.
This scenario made me think.
Making a reservation isn't that hard, it doesn't cost anything, it just takes planning.
How about our salvation?
The way has been made, Jesus was the sacrifice, an offering, the atonement for our sins.
When we die will we stand before the Lord to hear, "I never knew you." Only to reply, "but, I've done this good deed, or that good deed. I attended church faithfully every week and gave my money to the poor!" Only to find out that we never really knew the Lord or had an intimate relationship with him. That everything we thought or knew about God was a facade. Like the person walking into a restaurant, hoping and expecting to enjoy the benefits of the endless buffet as soon as they arrive simply because they want it?
Or have you made your reservation in heaven? Is your name written in the Lamb's book of life? Have you planned ahead and surrendered to the Creator of it all so when you arrive you are ushered into his presence hearing the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!"
JESUS is the NAME!