As Jesus was eating, and drinking with his first followers, several local Pastors and Elders came by to have a chat with him about how he was going about ministry; they were very unhappy with the way he handled himself. As they approached, Jesus smiled and welcomed them to join the conversation. The oldest Pastor in the group looked at Jesus and said, “You know, we’re devoted follows of the Divine’s Law; we live our life’s as an example for others to follow. We celebrate all the Holy days, we see Sunday as a day of rest and worship, and we don’t consume alcohol. We gather together every morning for prayer, each of our Churches hold prayer meetings and revivals, but you don’t. You seem to be spending most of your time partying and hanging out with these people. Which makes you a pretty poor example of how to live a faithful life. Why?”
Jesus started to laugh. He looked at them and said, “Wow, kind of harsh don’t you think? I mean, you come up looking like you desire conversation, but all you wanted to do is tell me how I must live according your rules. Kind of trollish, don’t you think? You say that you’re a devoted follower of the Divine’s Law, so let me see if I can share with you the heart of the Divine. Think of it this way, let’s say you’re at a party on the beach, roaring bonfire, DJ setting up, beer and wine flowing, crabs in the pot, fish on the grill, people hanging out laughing, singing, shouting, dancing, some eating too much, others drinking too much, but everyone enjoying the daylong celebration. Now, just as this amazing party started to get exciting, would you toss water on the bonfire? Well, YOU might, but you shouldn’t. By doing so you would ruin the party. So, you have the choice, toss the water or simply party all night long and enjoy a life changing time with your friends. Now, if you desire, after the party is over you can diet, sit back and relax, enjoying the memories of a great party. If you think about it, the party is the Divine in you, around you, and in others. It is, if you will, an expression of how the Divine desires us to live; that we live, and enjoy each other.
– Luke 5:23-39