“Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread…”
Jesus often taught his disciples by gathering them in, extending food and fellowship as means of physical nourishment and more so, spiritual nourishment. Day after day, our homes offer us the starting place to do the same. As we invite the life of Christ into our hearts and homes, we make space for belonging, for teaching, for growing, for being known and loved. We hold space in this busy world for the redemptive power of Christ to take shape.
Living a Gospel-centered life requires us to slow down from the frantic pace around us. Inviting us to become present before God and each other, in much the same way a lovely sit-down dinner and the journey of discipleship do. The sharing of food, fellowship, prayer, stories and experiences, spiritual nourishment, these are all examples given to us by Jesus himself as He shared the love of His Father. These same, simple tools are ours, to use as a way to share the picture of His daily Grace, to hand His goodness from generation to generation, to our spouses, children, family, friends and guests, all whom we gather in.
Friends, it’s no secret, we are surrounded by an increasingly hectic culture, determined to distract us from the call of Christ within our homes. We all know the feeling of those days, when dinner and discipleship can feel equally impossible. But can I encourage you, as we connect with God’s Truth, He is faithful to provide us again and again, with His purpose and power for both.
Below are a few simple suggestions we have welcomed within the walls of our own home. The importance, is not so much in how we partake, but of What..
- Whenever possible, claim mealtimes as a sort of holy ground, being intentional to reserve time, to slow down & gather in the name of Christ
“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”- Matthew 18:20
- Use these times as opportunity to share in God’s Word. Reading a short devotional or passage of Scripture during your meal does not have to be complex or lengthy, but can be a natural time allowing room for thought and discussion as a family.
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on the very word of God”- Matthew 4:4
- Bring reflections of God’s beauty to your table and surroundings. Cut flowers, seasonal finds, candlelight, an intentionally set table, music… These simple reflections do not have to be elaborate or Pinterest-worthy to create an atmosphere of peace and belonging.
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time, He has planted eternity in the human heart.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
- The bounty of God’s provision, is endless! Seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole foods, variety of tastes and textures, as we prepare and serve meals with love, however simple, we connect in a real way to the abundance of God’s grace.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good”-Psalm 34:8
- Offer prayer/s of thanksgivng and blessing over your food and each other, allowing your words to celebrate and bring life to those seated around you.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” -Psalm 100:4-5
As we begin this autumn season, the crisp air, ushers in, its own invitation to remember the warmth and welcome of Christ. Giving us new opportunities to offer our homes as places of refuge for world-weary souls. Let us approach this time of harvest with intention, to eat well and love well, in whatever kind of homes we have, with whomever God has entrusted to us in this season. Let us come to our tables, bringing the very presence of God with us.
May we all be challenged to remember our homes are not just the setting for the making of dinner but along with it, the making of disciples, thy Kingdom come…
* “Dinner-table discipleship” inspiration drawn from the book, The Life Giving Home: Creating A Place of belonging & becoming
Written by Morgan Alexander