There is a restaurant in my home town called Mahogany’s Prime Steakhouse.
Now Mahogany’s isn’t just a normal run of the mill restaurant. It’s a restaurant you save for special occasions. It’s for anniversaries, birthdays, celebrations, promotions, engagements…it’s not for just a normal night out to eat.
Mahogany’s is a next level restaurant. You are assigned three servers to take care of you, they keep record of what you ordered last time, they use the fancy crumb-scraper to remove any crumbs after clearing your plates, they keep your drinks full and your coffee hot. They’ll even match your napkin according to your attire that evening!
They provide only top-of-the-line food, the freshest crab, fish, and lobster. They age their meats 21 days and are prepared by the finest chefs in town. The restaurant has won many fine dining awards.
You can confidently call this restaurant the best of the best. It truly is amazing.
Now I had heard about this restaurant for most of my adult life. But every time someone mentions it, they say the same thing: “Oh, man it’s sooooo good, BUT sooooo expensive.”
Everyone says that…every time.
In fact, I had heard that line so many times I figured I would “save” this restaurant for a special occasion too. I’ll wait till the next anniversary or something…but we just never went, year after year, we didn’t even try it, I guess because in the back of my head I kept hearing those words ring out, “it’s sooooo expensive, it’s sooooo expensive.” (repeat and fade out)
Then my extremely generous boss blessed us with a gift card there as a going away present.
So my wife and I decided to use it on a random Thursday night.
The first thing the waitress asked was, “Are we celebrating a special occasion?”
And honestly it felt kind of cool to say no, we are just out enjoying our Thursday evening! (I guess the real thing we were celebrating was that we got a gift card…)
We listened to the specials, (which were long and detailed, it included a Wagyu steak at $99 for 6 ounces of meat) then we cruised our menus. I decided on a New York Strip steak for $46. (That’s the price of JUST the steak) My wife chose a sirloin. All together we got salads (well she got salad) an appetizer, our steaks, sides, dessert, and coffee.
Our total came to $162 before tip.
But here’s the thing: It was THE most delicious meal I have ever had in my life.
This wasn’t just a good meal, it wasn’t a great meal, it was the BEST meal.
I literally thought about that steak daily for the next two weeks. It was worth every penny.
Now, not only was the food off the charts, but the atmosphere of the restaurant was amazing too. It created great conversation between my wife and I. We truly enjoyed ourselves, we dreamed of the future, we spoke of all the great things God has done in our lives, we really had a great time.
My wife brought up topics that she has aspirations towards in the future, things she wants to do and accomplish, we dreamed big on the next house we want for our family, we discussed goals for the year, we even decided we were going to start asking God for bigger things.
I believe that we would not have spoken about some of those topics had we gone out to eat at Applebee’s that night.
As we were dining, I began to look around the room. Most of the patrons were older, probably early 50’s and up. A lot of them were dressed very well, I would say the majority were in groups of 4 or more, and a lot of them were laughing, just having a great time.
They definitely gave off a wealthy vibe, in fact, you could almost feel yourself getting wealthier the more you were there. It was in the air!
As I sat there, truly enjoying this whole experience, the food, the conversation, the atmosphere, the super hot wife…
It hit me.
This whole experience truly was the best of the best.
Why would we not here eat more often?
In fact, why wouldn’t we eat here very often.
Why don’t the hostesses know my wife and I by name?
Why aren’t we regulars here?
Why would I wait for a “special occasion” to eat the best food?
I thought of Revelation 5:10 “And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!”
I am of a royal race, I reign as a king over the earth, and kings eat the best of the best!
And hey – my Dad is THE King of kings, the Creator of All, His kids get the very best, if people of the world eat here regularly, why couldn’t I?
Psalm 35:27 says, “Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually,“Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
It brings God pleasure to see His servants prosper. And when we prosper, we magnify the Lord, it makes Him look good!
A great definition of prosperity, is that we have the choice. God has given us prosperity, or the power to choose.
I don’t have to pick the most expensive restaurant, I just get to pick the one I want.
And personally, I want the one with the most delicious food, the best atmosphere, and makes my night out with my precious wife, the best of the best.
If it costs a little more to have the best, then who cares?
God is my Source, He is my Provider, if He takes pleasure in my prosperity, who do you think provides and supplies that prosperity?
I used to think that spending $150 on dinner was being a bad “steward” of God’s money. That I should always eat out at places that are cheaper, so I could “save His money.”
That is until He punched me in the gut and said, “I DON’T NEED YOU TO SAVE ME MONEY! DO YOU THINK I’M CHEAP?! AM I RUNNING LOW ON FUNDS?”
He doesn’t need you to save His money. Trust me, God is doing just fine in the financial arena. He just needs you to obey His voice.
You don’t need to eat lesser quality food because it’s cheaper, you don’t need to pick a car because it gets better gas mileage, you don’t need to pick the rundown, fixer-upper house if you don’t want to. Yet Christians do it all the time.
This isn’t doing God any favors, He delights in your prosperity, not your poverty.
Now please note, my wife and I had the money to pay for this meal in our checking account. We didn’t have to put it on credit card, we didn’t have to dip into savings to pay for it. Listen to God’s voice and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra to get the best.
My point is that you are God’s child. You are MORE than taken care of. You are fully supplied, blessed, and made prosperous.
Don’t leave His blessings on the table. God has emptied His pockets on the table for you, all that He has, is now yours.
Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?”
1 Timothy 6:17 tells us to not put our hope in money, but on God, “Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.”
God richly provides us with EVERYTHING for our enjoyment!
And I’ll tell you what, I really enjoy eating New York Strips.
Psalm 50:10 says that our “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills…” He won’t mind if pick out the best one to eat! (Hehe)
I’ll leave you with this: as I meditated on Revelation 5:10, I thought about how Kings go about their dealings. I realized Kings don’t pay for things themselves.
Which is very interesting, because since I decided to become a “regular” at Mahogany’s, my wife and I have received hundreds of dollars of gift cards to go there.
We have never had to pay out of pocket more than we would pay at any regular old restaurant.
Yet, as children of God, we get to enjoy the best of the best.
What area of life are you walking as a mere commoner, and need to step up and “reign as a king” over?
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