Our family loves to dine out at restaurants and whenever I have an opportunity, I ask our servers the same question, “Did the chef make anything for your family dinner?” The usual answers are chicken, tacos, or fried rice dishes-comfort food, simple and quick to prepare.
While most answers are expected, a few surprises have emerged. One restaurant served different dishes for the different tiers of workers. The servers were served one dish, the dishwashers another-a meritocracy of family dinners. One seafood restaurant served a chicken family dinner, unusual since there were no chicken dishes served on their usual menu. Another restaurant served nothing, all employees had to provide their own meals and were given no discounts at the restaurant. Needless to say, several of the servers rolled their eyes and grumbled when I asked this question. Contrast this with another restaurant, one founded in 1980 by a well-known chef, in an era before social media and celebrity chefs hosted cooking shows and contests. In response to my usual question, I received this enthusiastic answer.
“We eat the same dishes you eat!”
“Really?” After dozens of mundane responses, I was quite surprised to hear this revelation.
“Oh yes! We are treated very well here!”
Indeed! This restaurant had been in existence for nearly forty years and there was still a month-long wait to obtain a reservation. Clearly, its popularity was undiminished and the chef-owner desired to honor her employees by offering all of them the same privileges as her dining patrons. There were no tiers of privileges; there were no lesser meals not served on the regular menu. They received the same blessings as everyone who desired to be there. The gratitude and joy of her employees were palpable.
…Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
Acts 10:34-35 (ESV)
God’s blessings are the same for all believers and He shares His blessings with all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. There are no tiers of blessings; there are no substitute blessings. There is only the promise that He will forgive our sins and grant us eternal life and salvation through faith in His Name. We are treated very well!
In Jesus Christ, we are invited to the greatest family dinner of all, sharing a meal with the family of God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.