You can learn a lot about a chair. A close examination may tell you who made it, when and where it was made, the type and quality of the materials used in its manufacture and perhaps more importantly, whether or not the chair is comfortable.
During a recent home fellowship, a chair gave me a very sweet insight into the hearts and minds of those attending.
The home group was full. In fact, every chair in the room was taken except for one: the most comfortable chair.
As I looked around the room, I noticed something that made me marvel. Our two hosts sat in the least comfortable chairs; others, many of whom had sufferings that caused them pain, were each sitting in a spot less comfortable than the empty chair.
People with back pains, leg pains, foot pain, some with canes and walking aids. Many were what many would consider to be elderly. Any of these people might experience less pain and easier mobility if they simply sat in the one remaining empty chair. The most comfortable chair remained empty, unseated for our entire time of food, fun, fellowship, prayer and teaching. But why?
As I looked around the room, I began to understand that all of these people were surrendering to the Holy Spirit working in their lives. Not one person there had, as his or her goal, their own comfort in mind, They left the comfortable chair available to anyone other than themselves.
Not one person esteemed themselves more highly than their brothers and sisters. They showed unconditional love.
I learned a lot from that empty, comfortable chair. When God’s people come together in Jesus Christ, they become more like our Savior.
Jesus said, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” [John 13:34 NASB]
You can learn a lot from an empty chair.