Jesus had many powerful moments in His ministry over meals. Time and time again, He brings people to the table. This is where He teaches and loves and gives feedback and encourages and challenges. This is where His followers gather to celebrate, to pray, to learn, and to mourn.
As believers, we are called to set the table. To invite. To create a space where all are welcome, regardless of choices or beliefs or past mistakes.
When Jesus is at the table, it changes everything. When He enters our midst, through our conversations, our thoughts, our interactions, when His love permeates the things we say and do, we are able to minister to people through our love. With this love, Jesus turns a misfit group of sinners into crusaders for truth.
No one deserves to be at the table, but yet everyone is invited. We are all unworthy of His new mercies every morning. We are all unqualified to bask in His love. But yet – He gives it: freely, without contingency or limits. He loves and loves and loves us all equally – from those leading in the church to those who aren’t sure about faith. His love is equalized by the cross.
There is always room. Jesus never turns anyone away. During His ministry time, He actively sought out the tax collectors and prostitutes and people that society had turned away. They were invited to the table with the same earnestness that His disciples were. The same is true today. Over and over, the enemy will try and convince us that there’s not room: that Jesus has given away our seat to someone more deserving, someone more holy. The truth is that Jesus is waiting. He wants His table to be full, and without you, there is an empty seat.
So, let’s set the table. Let’s invite those who don’t think they’re able to come. Let’s break the walls of the boxes that society has put people in. Let’s take it to the streets, acting in Love towards people who are struggling to find their way.
“Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” [Ephesians 5:2 MSG]
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