Remember when you were a kid playing outside and you heard your mom holler from the doorway, “Supper’s ready?” What she was saying was that a task had been completed and you were one of the recipients of all the hard work she had done because she loved you.

Today, we are living in a time when we are waiting for our heavenly Father to step out of the throne room and into the doorway of heaven saying, “Supper’s ready! Come home!”

We have waited a long time for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. If you’ve been listening to the news channels and reading the headlines then it’s easy to believe that the angels are setting the tables with white linens and golden silverware and placing name cards on the banquet tables.

Wow! What planning it has all taken! What love! What sacrifice! What unbelievable mercy! And most of all, what patience! The angels have marveled at how patient the Son has been while waiting for The Supper to begin.

But now everything seems to be happening so fast. All the pieces are fitting together. God’s Spirit is being poured out around the world like never before.

Do you remember what Jesus said when His disciples asked him about the time of his return? Matthew 24: 38-39 says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Today’s newspapers and TV news programs are reporting things happening in modern day Noah’s time.

So what did Jesus say? “When you see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.”

Noah was wise. He listened to God and was prepared for what God had him warn the people about. Believers need to be wise today and believe that God is about to do what He has warned us through his servants to be ready for.

Come into the ark of His salvation and be ready when He calls us for Supper. It is not the will of the Father that anyone should perish and miss being at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

I also want to encourage all Christians to consider shifting their religious gears so they can, wherever God calls you to do it, do more one on one ministering: park benches, under trees, in stores, backyards, bus stops, offices — in the highways and byways of life — where there are many “lost sheep” — outside of big auditoriums and churches.

The marching orders from our Supreme Commander are very simple — “Go!” Tell others, “Jesus is coming soon, and that, “He loves you and wants you to be saved and live in eternity with Him.”

Note: This piece was inspired by my wife’s and my friend, Barbara, who was visiting us from California during last Easter and who, although a guest, and as a way to show her love for us, prepared several meals and called out to us, “Supper’s ready!” And by the way, they were heavenly suppers.

— Allen Stark can be reached at amsstark@msn.com.

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