The angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” - (Revelation 19:9, NIV)
I like the word supper. That’s what they call dinner in the South. We say, “Let’s have dinner.” But in the South they say, “Let’s have supper.” My grandmother (we called her “Mama Stella”) was a great southern cook who knew how to throw down all those southern goodies: fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and mashed potatoes made from scratch. And of course her crowning achievement was her biscuits. (It seems perfectly reasonable to me that God would utilize my grandmother’s skills in the wedding supper of the Lamb!)
Not only will we be eating together at the wedding supper of the Lamb, but we will be in some pretty good company as well. In Matthew 8:11, we read that “Many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (NIV).
Can you imagine that? Can you picture yourself sitting down for lunch with Abraham and Isaac — or the apostle Paul or C. S. Lewis or C. H. Spurgeon?
Heaven will be amazing beyond description. And that’s why the Bible tells us we should all be a lot more heavenly minded. In Colossians 3, Paul wrote, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (verses 1-2, NLT).
Read that last sentence again: Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Yet that is exactly what we spend the majority of our time doing! We think about things that we’re concerned about or stressed over. The Bible isn’t saying, “Don’t think about these things.” It’s saying, “Don’t stress and worry about these things.” Let heaven fill your thoughts instead. Because when you do, everything on earth gets placed in its proper perspective.
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