This week, we will close out our series, I Love My Church. For the majority of the series we have been looking at when it means to love one another, but this week we will be reminded that not only do we need to love our church, but we also need to love those who are yet to come.
Awhile back, we looked at missional rhythms. We used Michael Frost’s definition of missional, which is “to alert everyone everywhere to the universal reign of God through Christ.” In essence, what we are saying is, “How can I have a missionary mindset in my own community?” We also adopted Frost’s B.E.L.L.S (bless, eat, listen, learn, sent) paradigm for creating a missional culture.
This week we will be going back to our second habit, “Eating,” which as we know is about hospitality. I encourage you to go back and watch this brief clip from Frost, https://vimeo.com/192542474. Hospitality, the idea of showing love to strangers. Frost identified the table as the great equalizer because it allows for much deeper conversations to happen. However, something new has caught my attention. According FoodNavigator-USA.com, eating a meal has shrunk over the past decade. In fact, their research revealed the average American only spends 64 minutes a day eating meals. That is 448 minutes or 7.5 hours a week we spend eating. With less time spent eating, how are we making the most of those 7.5 hours a week? Or as Michael has noted, we have 21 meals a week, how are we using just 3 of our meals, to intentionally draw people to the reign of Jesus?
I challenge you to take a brief inventory of your typical week. What does it look like? When you sit down to have a meal, who is it with? If you’re spending time with the same people day in and day out, expand your horizons and invite a person or a family you don’t know well to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Remember, Jesus didn’t die for our sins, so we could create an inner circle of friends. His blood was shed, so that all might come to know Him as Lord and Savior. The Kingdom will be less likely to advance if we choose to keep it to ourselves. The greatest part of loving one another, is when we recognize we have to love those who God has yet to place in our path. Use the “great equalizer” known the table to draw people to Christ.
As always, remember to be a blessing to someone else today and be bold and courageous for Jesus.
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson