A lovely bowl graces the table; filled with chunks of Gala apples tossed in a crisp Waldorf salad. Next to it sets a hot Granny apple pie waiting to be sliced. Rich caramel coated Jonathan apples pierced with a stick and rolled in nuts line the counter next to the stove where a pan of blended Baldwin and Winesap apples simmers, filling the room with a mouthwatering aroma.
Chosen from the harvest for their strong core, seed, flesh, and stem, each unique apple variety bursts with flavor and the combined results is a lavish banquet. Just as God intended.
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12: 30-31
After a fresh look at the King’s Edict, I’ve had to ask myself many questions. What’s under my skin? Is my heart pulsating in eager anticipation for God’s next move? Is my soul prioritizing him over everything? Is my mind thinking of ways to expand the kingdom’s exposure? Is my every ounce of being pursuing him?
An earthly king’s story is told in the Old Testament. King Solomon was wealthy and wise. Calling himself the teacher, he used his resources to search for the meaning of life and described it as chasing the wind. He observed that pleasures don’t satisfy, work never ends, and human wisdom is limited. He determined life isn’t fair and talk is cheap. He ended by saying that everything experienced is meaningless in earthly terms. Yet, God judges everything we do, so obeying him on heavenly terms is our duty.
“That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”
Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14
I must conclude the same thing. As a Christ-Follower, it’s my pray that, with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I will want to contribute to the banquet. I pray you will desire the same.