About two years ago I started reading A.B. Simpson's daily devotional on the Christian & Missionary Alliance website. Now, A.B. Simpson is no longer living, but every time I read one of his devotionals, I am encouraged and challenged, which never ceases to amaze me. Today's devotional goes along with the thoughts above:
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Reclining with Jesus
At church on Sunday, my pastor, Tim, spoke about the Last Supper, found in Matthew 26. He focused on verse 20: "When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve." He explained that reclining was a sign of royalty, was a sign of freedom. There Jesus was, the night before His death, reclining at the table, inviting His disciples to do the same. The twelve weren't perfect; one would betray Him that very night, another would deny that he knew Him. Yet Jesus wasn't worried. He didn't expect them to be perfect before they joined in the meal with Him, before they reclined with Him. Tim then went on to say that for some of us, Jesus is reclining and we are running around Him in circles. He calls out to us, "Slow down! Recline with me!" This hit me really hard. I know I run around Jesus in circles, and sometimes I even feel like I say to Him, "Why aren't you doing anything? Aren't you worried?" To which He replies: "No, my child. I'm not worried at all. Come recline with me."