Where Are You Eating Today?
Does your soul feel tired, anxious, lonely, empty, overwhelmed, fear-filled, hopeless, hurt, heavy…? Well as my dad always says, if it doesn’t today, then just wait a week, it’s coming! I think you’ll love this week’s practice.
Jesus was at a prominent Pharisee's house for dinner, when the conversation turned into a trap. We’re starting this blog post halfway through the meal where He had just told the guests the power of humility (having a right view of one’s self):
Luke 14:15 That triggered a response from one of the guests: “How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!”
16-17 Jesus followed up. “Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’
18 “Then they all began to beg off, one after another making excuses…” all having to do with work, leisure, and relationships.
This story has less to do with the people that didn’t come and more to do with the grand offer. Jesus went on with the story, where the man throwing the party went on to invite all of the homeless, castaways, poor, humble people from the streets. These people knew their need and saw this as a great honor just to be invited.
Friends, You and I have been invited to the table. At the table is: peace, love, acceptance, rest, hope, enough, wholeness, security, power, no condemnation/shame, wisdom, perspective, relationship, healing, humility (a right view of one’s self), freedom, and uncommonly sustained joy. Who wouldn’t want this?
What are the excuses that you and I have for not participating at this table? We may have very well accepted the invitation, but for some reason or another, we aren’t eating and enjoying the benefits of our BELONGING!
This week my hope for you and me is to be more awake to the moment by moment invitation of Jesus to the table. When we sing:
“Hallelujah, I Belong Here In Your Presence, Safe and Secure. I See Hope Coming On The Horizon, There’s No Need For Hiding, Because, I BELONG”
We are really saying that we Belong at Jesus’ Table all day long!
Show up each day like the honor of your presence is requested! LIVE AT THE TABLE all day long!
I am writing I BELONG on my wrist all week, remembering that I belong at the Table WITH Jesus!
Text “10k” to “55678” if you want weekly text reminders to your phone. We’ll be sending out a few encouragements a week to help you practice Jesus all week long!