Several years ago, a survey (commonly attributed to the Barna Research Group) asked American adults this simple question, “What is the phrase you most long to hear?”
Not surprisingly, “I love you” was the #1 response. In second place was another response that did not take too many people by surprise, “I forgive you.” Right there we have a pretty good indication of what most people want and need to hear from others – that they are loved, and when necessary, that they are forgiven.
What the researchers didn’t expect, however, was the phrase that claimed the 3rd spot. Right on the heels of “I love you,” and “I forgive you,” what people most wanted to hear was, “Supper’s ready.” Sounds kind of funny when you first hear it, doesn’t it?! However, it’s a pretty practical thing when we really consider it. As the results suggested, people long to have their emotional, relational, and physical needs met.
Reflecting on the results, founder of the missionary organization Global Servants, Dr. Mark Rutland, realized that these three phrases summarized the gospel story he shares around the world. In the gospel each need is fully met – we are loved by God; we are forgiven by God through faith in Christ; and we’ve been invited to the most amazing banquet table imaginable!
Loved. Forgiven. At home forever. Only Christ provides what people most long for, so share His good news with all. –Dave
“Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Rev 19:9)
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