There was once a Believer in Christ who died. At the entrance to Heaven, the Believer was congratulated on being judged “not guilty” and was welcomed by Jesus into Heaven with “Well done my good and faithful servant.” But the faithful follower had one request before entering Heaven. He said to Christ, “I have experienced joy and victory, as well as sadness and sorrow. I would like to see what hell looks like before I enter Heaven.” Jesus gave the faithful follower his wish and took him down to the depths of hell.
In hell, he was shown a long table stretching out before him as far as he could see. The table was piled high with food that looked and smelled delicious. Seated at the long table was a multitude of those who had denied Christ. Each person had long spoons attached to their arms. The spoons were long enough to reach the food but were too long for them to feed themselves. The people seated were in agony, starving from not being able to feed themselves.
The faithful follower cried out to Christ, “please take me away from this sad place. This is too much to bare looking at.” Christ then took him to Heaven where he found a long table with people seated on both sides. Food was piled high on the table. The people seated at the table also had long spoons attached to their arms. But they weren’t starving. In fact, they were laughing, healthy, and happy. The difference was that, instead of trying to feed themselves, they were feeding each other.
This parable shows the difference between how we behaved before we came into Christ-centered recovery and how we behaved after we spent time in these rooms with Jesus and the 12 steps. Before, we were only concerned with feeding our addictions and compulsive behaviors. In recovery, we learn to be feed and how to feed others. Our recovery depends on being in a community of Believers who are seated at the banquet table of plenty and who know how to serve others.
Written by Jackell