“We like the idea of that kind of wedding cake,” Caterer Molly affirmed as she met with the bride and groom-to-be, “But a dessert that everyone gets into looks like someone put their face in it. It doesn’t take long to mess up the entire table.”
Bill suggested instead, “So what do you think if we make individual cakes? You’ll still have a cake topper for your first anniversary. But everyone else will have little cakes. It’s not hard for this small group. Take a look at these pictures of an event we did before.”
The couple leaned forward, looked at each other and broke out in a smile. “Great idea!” they said together.
When the wedding day came at the out-of-the-way resort, Molly and Bill took extra care setting up the cake table. The guests oooed and aaahed at the result.
One school-aged boy asked, “Can I have this one?”
“Sure,” Bill told him. “We made them for all of you.”
“Do I have to share it with my sister?”
“Nope. She can have one, too. There’s plenty!”
Though the boy had attended several weddings with his family, he walked away in wonder, “It’s mine. All mine!” Never had this happened before. The boy settled in the shade of an evergreen tree to enjoy his cake. It was all his!
There are things in the kingdom of God open to all: the offer and acceptance of salvation is not limited to a certain group, race, or people.
“Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” [Colossians 3:11 NIV]
But when it comes to the door of opportunity to accept or reject Christ, it does come down to a personal decision: it’s yours, all yours! One cannot be a follower of Christ simply because family members or friends are Christians. One cannot travel on the highway to heaven by following others.
To be a Christian, one must accept Jesus as the son of God. Jesus said it many ways. Just a few follow: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” [John 14:6-7]
Just before raising Lazarus from the dead, he told Lazarus’ surviving sister, Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” [John 11:25-26]
Once a person accepts Jesus, his or her journey includes an expert trail guide. And just like the boy with the small cake, that adventure and relationship is between you and Jesus.
You can say with certainty. “It’s mine! All mine!”
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]