This year, my wife and I have decided we’re doing “Christmas in July”.

christmasfeast08On July 25, we’re going all out—within reason (Is there reason in Christmas in July?).  We love Christmastime and we’re raising two children that are part elf, so it just makes sense (Right?).

One thing that makes any Christmas in July celebration the spectacle it properly deserves to be is food.  I’m leaning towards buying a turkey breast and throwing it on a perfectly heated charcoal grill while stuffing cooks inside.  In addition, I’m sure there will be pie and homemade ice cream.

If we can find the ingredients, my vote is also for green bean casserole.  Ah…what a feast!

Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or “just because”, most celebrations just aren’t celebrations without a table adorned with food.

It seems we humans share this desire for a “feast” to aid our celebration.  In Proverbs 9:1-6, “wisdom” prepares a feast for all to attend who wish to learn. 

Wisdom has built her house;
she has set up its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
from the highest point of the city,
“Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
“Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”

Just as we gain nourishment from consuming food, so we gain intellectual AND spiritual nourishment by consuming wisdom.  That’s right—we’re not just smarter when we ingest wisdom.  We’re spiritually more alive.

Jesus told us, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

The way we know the difference between the “narrow way” and the “wide way” is not with growing older, but in growing wiser in the Lord.  By walking with Him and experiencing Him, we gain insight those without Christ do not understand.

As fallen humans (cf. Genesis 3), our default position is spiritually dead (foolish).  We are “simple”—a nice way of saying “stupid”, Heavenly speaking.  Wisdom, however, calls out for us to come to this great feast and taste the teaching, education, experience, and preparation for living a life of blessing before the Lord and the world.

You’ll sit down at the table of this prepared feast when you read and study the Bible, pray to Jesus for wisdom, and exercise the wisdom you are learning.

So…what are you waiting for?!  Pull up a chair and feast.

(And Merry Christmas in July)