“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” – Matthew 7:11 (KJV)
The story is told of a man who bought a ticket on a cruise ship, then took a supply of cheese and crackers on board with him. Throughout the voyage, he retreated to his room at mealtime to sit alone and eat his self-imposed rations. Near the end of the voyage, the captain sent for him and asked him if he was dissatisfied with the food service on the ship. The man said, “Well, the food certainly looks fine to me.”
“Why then haven’t we seen you in the dining room?” the captain inquired. “You once were observed sitting in your cabin eating crackers and cheese.”
The man said, “I only had enough money for my steamship ticket. I didn’t have anything left for meals.”
To the man’s great dismay the captain replied, “The price of all the meals was included in your ticket!”
This man could have been eating breakfast, brunch, lunch, high tea, dinner, and a late night banquet on the Promenade Deck. Instead, he had settled for a diet of cheese and crackers – all because he had failed to take advantage of what was available to him.
Many times we see our lives in the same way. We shortchange ourselves and fail to grab hold of all that might be ours, if we were only willing to realize we possess a ticket that includes life’s abundant banquets.
As Dr. M.E. Dodd observed: “Many are satisfied to play with mud pies when they ought to be making angel food cakes. Many are building shacks when they ought to be building palaces.”
God desires for you to prosper. His ticket to life is all-inclusive. Enjoy the feast!