Can you imagine coming upon a beautiful garden filled with all kinds of tantalizing fruits, vegetables, and other life giving attributes? Everything inside is free. Everything is breathtaking. Sounds perfect, right?
But wait a moment; surrounding the garden is a fence with huge “keep out” signs. Your mouth waters as you go around the edges and gather the few items of nourishment that pierces the secure walls of the fence. You are disappointed because the whole garden is not accessible to you. You long to enter and eat to your heart’s content but alas it is impossible.
This is organized religion. It is centered on the beautiful characteristics of God but it fences off the comprehensive and fascinating relationship with Him. This should be a real relationship that is entirely free and totally obtainable with Him on a personal level. However in religion we get only a taste of what is available through the secure barrier. Even though it may whet our appetite we are never quite able to penetrate the barricade because it has been in place so long no one dares try to invade its solid structure; they know the effort is futile. So they stand on the outside of the religious wall and long for the day when their relationship can be real–when they get to taste the entire garden of God’s grace. Religion tells them they must wait until the next life in order for such an experience and then only if they are good little boys and girls.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit say come; NOW is the time for all to come and eat at the table of the Lord.