I love to eat dark chocolate. I often have a couple of pieces in the evening. Oh, ok, more than a couple of pieces. But a little dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you, right? We all have a favorite treat, don’t we? But dark chocolate is a luxury. It is not my right. I can’t demand the government provide it. No injustice occurs if I don’t get it.
Did you know the bible talks about something we will eat that is a right? Revelation 2:7 says, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (NIV) Think about that. The tree of life represents eternal life with God. The paradise mentioned is heaven. Jesus gives those who overcome the right to eternal life.
I suppose we should stop and ask what is it we must overcome? The verse is taken from a message to the church at Ephesus. Jesus praised them for their obedience and sound doctrine. But he rebuked them for leaving their first love. In other words, they were legalistically obeying the rules, but not loving Jesus. This passage challenges every Christian. We must obey Jesus’ commands. But obedience doesn’t earn heaven. We must overcome any legalistic attitude. If we do, Jesus gives us the right to eat something far better than dark chocolate.
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