shook my head in disbelief. This couldn't be the
right place. After all, I couldn't possibly be
welcome here. I had been given an invitation
several times, by several different people, and I
had finally decided to see what this place was
all about. But, this just couldn't be the right
place. Quickly, I glanced down at the invitation
that I clutched in my hand. I scanned past the
words, "Come as you are. No jacket required,"
and found the location. Yes, I was at the right
peered through the window again and saw a room of
people whose faces seemed to glow with joy. All
were neatly dressed, adorned in fine garments and
appeared strangely clean as they dined at this
exquisite restaurant. Ashamed, I looked down at
my own tattered and torn clothing, covered in
stains. I was dirty, in fact, filthy. A foul
smell seemed to consume me and I couldn't shake
the grime that clung to my body.
I turned around to leave, the words from the
invitation seemed to leap out at me..."Come
as you are. No jacket required."
I decided to give it a shot.
Mustering up every bit of courage I could find, I
opened the door to this restaurant and walked up
to a man standing behind a podium. "Your
name, sir?" he asked me with a smile. "Jimmy
D. Brown," I mumbled without looking up. I
thrust my hands deep into my pockets, hoping to
conceal their stains.
didn't seem to notice the filth that I was
covered in and he continued, "Very good, sir.
A table is reserved in your name. Would you like
to be seated?" I couldn't believe what I
heard! A grin broke out on my face and I said,
"Yes, of course!"
lead me to a table, and sure enough, there was a
place-card with my name written on it in a deep,
dark red. As I browsed over a menu, I saw many
delightful items listed. There were things like, "peace,"
"joy," "blessings," "confidence,"
"assurance," "hope," "love,"
"faith," and "mercy."
I realized that this was no
ordinary restaurant! I flipped the menu back to
the front in order to see where I was at...
"God's Grace," was the name of this
man returned and said, "I recommend the
'Special of the Day'. With it you are entitled to
heaping portions of everything on this menu."
You've got to be kidding! I thought to myself.
You mean, I can have ALL of this?! "What is
the 'Special of the Day'?" I asked with
excitement ringing in my voice. "Salvation,"
was his reply.
take it," I practically cried out. Then, as
quickly as I made that statement, the joy left my
body. A sick painful ache jerked through my
stomach and tears filled my eyes. Between my sobs
I said... "Mister, look at me. I'm dirty and
nasty. I am unclean and unworthy of such things.
I'd love to have all of this, but, but, I just
can't afford it."
the man smiled again. "Sir, your check has
already been taken care of by that Gentleman over
there," he said as he pointed to the front
of the room. "His name is Jesus."
Turning, I saw a man whose very presence seemed
to light the room. He was almost too much to look
at. I found myself walking towards Him and in a
shaking voice I whispered, "Sir, I'll wash
the dishes or sweep the floors or take out the
trash. I'll do anything I can do to repay You for
opened His arms and said with a smile, "Son,
all of this is yours if you just come unto me.
Ask me to clean you up and I will. Ask me to
allow you to feast at my table and you will eat.
Remember, the table is reserved in your name. All
you must do is accept this gift that I offer you."
Astonished, I fell at his feet and said, "Please,
Jesus. Please clean up my life. Please change me
and sit me at your table and give me this new
life." Immediately, I heard the words,
"It is finished."
looked down and white robes adorned my body.
Something strange and wonderful had happened. I
felt new, like a weight had been lifted and I
found myself seated at His table.
"The 'Special of the Day' has been served,"
The Lord said to me. "Salvation
sat and talked for a great while and I so enjoyed
the time that I spent with Him. He told me, me of
all people, that He would like for me to come
back as often as I liked for another helping from
God's Grace. He made it clear that He wanted me
to spend as much time with Him as possible.
it drew near time for me to go back outside into
the "real world," He whispered to me
softly, "And Lo, I am
with you always." And
then, He said something to me that I will never
forget. He said... "My
child, do you see these empty tables?"
"Yes, Lord. I see them. What do they mean?"
are reserved tables...but the individuals whose
names are on each place-card have not accepted
their invitation yet. Would you be so kind as to
hand out these invitations to those who have not
joined us as yet?" Jesus
asked. "Of course," I said with
excitement as I picked up the invitations.
"Go ye therefore into all nations."
He said as I turned to leave.
walked into God's Grace dirty and hungry. Stained
in sin. My righteousness as filthy rags. And
Jesus cleaned me up. I walked out a brand new man...robed
in white, His righteousness. And so, I'll keep my
promise to my Lord. I'll go. I'll spread the Word.
share the Gospel... I'll hand out the invitations.
And I'll start with you. Have you been to God's
Grace? There's a table reserved in your name, and
here's your invitation... "Come as you are.
No jacket required."
- AUTHOR UNKNOWN -
GOD'S LITTLE ACRE
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