For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. St John 3:16
Once a month, we share communion together as a church. Our practice is to celebrate ‘open communion’ which means that any believer in the house is welcome to partake, whether or not they are a part of our local congregation. As we shared in our last communion, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the fact that His table is open to “whosoever will”. He does not draw lines by denomination, race, life status, geographical location or any other lines by which we define ourselves. His table is open to whoever wants to share the gifts He sends our way but there are life cycles that causes us to miss out on His blessings.
Sometimes we get so caught up in other activities that we miss the important things in life. In St Luke 14: 16 24 we read the parable of the Great Banquet. Those who had received an invitation found themselves busy with other life events and were unable to attend. As a result, the invitation was extended to the ‘cripple and the lame’ so they could enjoy what others didn’t have time for. How are you with priorities? Are you clueing in to what He’s offering?
Sometimes we dream of the days we sat freely at the table but our thoughts are weighed down by feelings of unworthiness. We feel a sense of loss as we assume our past has cost us our seat at that table. We convince ourselves that a seat at the table is too good to be ours so we feast on refuse instead of taking what is freely and readily available to us. In Luke 15: 11-31 Jesus shares the parable of the lost son. The father watched and waited for his wayward son to come home. Perhaps you have wandered away from His table. Today may be the day for you to return home … His arms are still open wide and He has saved you a place at His table. How will you respond?
Sometimes we don’t step forward despite the clues He sends, so He comes to find us Himself. In Revelation 3: 20-21 we read His words to us “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Life gets busy at times. Between our jobs, relationships and other obligations, we sometimes don’t get around to doing what we need to do. Perhaps it has been a while since you sat at His table … not because you have wandered away, but because other things have been competing for your attention. Would today be a good day to set aside some table time with Him?
Royalty is seeking fellowship with you today. His desire is to have communion with you. The first invitation may have been given thousands of years ago but that has not changed His attitude towards us. You may feel your house may not be in a state of readiness but I implore you, do not ignore the knocking. I respectfully submit that your house will never be in a state of readiness unless He’s living there.
If you have been sitting at His table all along and you are enjoying the sweet communion of His presence, maybe you could share the ‘secret’ with someone else. Let them know how wonderful it is to spend some time in His presence and how marvelously refreshing it is to bask in His glory. Would you run with that message today?
Father I thank you for the way You reveal truth to us. We were all headed in the wrong direction but You sent Light. Our very existence made us outcasts- we were born in sin- but You prepared us a table and gave us reason to partake of your best.
We release our pasts to You and we ask that You would help us to accept the forgiveness You offer. Sometimes our own assessment of the realities we live through give us misperceptions of how You love. We are thankful that You are able to ‘save to the utmost’. We choose to walk in the freedom of Your love as we step away from the old life and sit at the table You have prepared for us.
We release all feelings of guilt and shame to You for the moments we opted not to share what You so lovingly placed in front of us. I pray You will help us to gladly share the table with those who are apart from You. May we not be selfish with the things You have done for us but may we willingly go to the highways and byways and seek those who are living in dejection and hunger.
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