Focus 40 Day 14: Extreme Living—Reaching over a Meal
Prayer Focus: Pray God sends you to someone to witness to today – Isaiah 6:8
Extreme Living—Reaching over a Meal
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” … When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
—John 21:12a, 15 (NIV)
IN OUR MINISTRY, WE’VE FOUND that the best ideas, conversations, and decisions mostly occur around a table, during or right after a meal, without following any agenda or lesson plan. It happens when Jesus and those seeking him get together to enjoy food, one another, and, most of all, him.
Peter didn’t exactly ace the program. He was preoccupied with his corporate position in the startup Jesus was leading. He failed anger management class, and when the “Jesus” stock took a controversial turn, he divested himself of any connection with it.
Fortunately for Peter, Jesus was only interested in one thing, a relationship. With the words, “Peter do you love me?” Jesus took a broken relationship and made it whole while sharing a meal with his disciples.
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says: “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” (NIV).
Do you want to reach others with the message of Jesus? Begin with a meal. Invite your neighbors or coworkers over for dinner or a fish (and grits) breakfast. Get to know their story and share yours.
Lord, may my table become a place known as a place of great love and healing. May the conversations over a simple coffee or a bountiful spread, be part of your ministry of reconciliation. Amen.
Rev. Kelly Philips, Church of God Missionary to Germany