The Lord Jesus has called us to be welcoming to people. We are His ambassadors and so He uses us to be His welcoming arms to draw people from the outside into His presence. He is the seeker, we are the ones He seeks and sometimes we are the ones He uses to seek others. The central message of the gospel is to love one another. Whenever we see people in need, we are to have compassion on them, bind their wounds, and use our own resources to care for them.
The Lord Jesus didn’t run projects, establish ministries, create programs or put on events. He simply ate meals. We are well aware that people are saved through the gospel message, but meals will create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what we are saying.
Meals bring mission into the ordinary and there we find most people that we need to reach. We tend to think of mission as extraordinary. Perhaps that is because we find it awkward to talk about Jesus outside church gathering. Perhaps it is because we think God moves through the spectacular rather than the witness of people like us.
People often complain that they lack time for mission. But we all have to eat – three meals a day, seven days a week. That is twenty one opportunities for mission and community without adding anything to one’s schedule. We can invite our neighbour over for a meal and use the opportunity to share the gospel with them. We can also invite someone who lives alone and share our family meal and follow it with board games. This will give our children a chance to serve others.