Day: Day 15
Date: January 23, 2023
Title: KINGDOM LIVING: Gather around the Table
We are learning all the Kingdom pillars that were put into place by the first disciples and how the Church remained intact.
Isn’t it so exciting?
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ doctrine because there needs to always be a heart to learn and improve.
They were continually devoting themselves to fellowship because nothing happens without true, devoted, real relationships.
Today, we look at the third thing they were devoted to doing.
Acts 2:42 NASU
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.
What does the breaking of bread represent?
This is a place where those that are not family come to be family.
It is a place where friendships grow beyond just knowing about someone, into actually knowing someone. This is us being intimate intentionally, allowing others into our lives with openness and honesty, to further a deeper commitment to one another.
This opens hearts, as well as doors, to becoming one, and working together for the higher cause of God.
It is a symbol of familiarity, of welcoming, of openness, and it brings peace to be able to grow together.
We also believe they continued to break bread and take the cup to celebrate communion often as they were instructed by Jesus at the last supper.
Remember, Jesus told them, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
This is another very important remembrance.
Gather around the table and remember the sacrifice that Jesus paid for us, but also remember why the price was paid. It wasn’t just for us; we are to remember to be productive and reproduce all that has been deposited inside of us.
As they continued being devoted they never forgot why they were devoted.
They were devoted to these words of Jesus:
Mark 12:30-31 NIV
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
31 The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
There will never be a Church that will operate properly without this pillar of the Kingdom being in place.
Love will never be more real than when we gather around the table to remember and be grateful for all the Lord has done.
Love will never be more real than when we gather around the table, on purpose, and include others in our hearts and lives.
It is the table of growth and the table of grace.
God is calling us away from independence, and instead we are going to be interdependent!
We need each other’s gifts and talents to operate together to affect the world so they can come out of the darkness into the light of Jesus’ love.
We have a tradition we do at our supper tables with my family on birthdays. We tell the birthday person everything we love the most about them, one by one. You can see the countenance change of the person being honored.
It is because they are feeling the love. It isn’t just being spoken, it is invading the atmosphere.
We need to do the same with each other. We need to build and not destroy, to recognize and exhort one another in love.
We also tell Jesus how much we remember Him. We don’t just say it, but we truly love on Him with all of our heart. Then there is an atmosphere created where we can truly sup with Him, once more enjoying the friendship we share as we honor Him.
Kingdom Reality today is this:
Forever, we are to gather around a table and value the people God wants us to be a part of in the Kingdom.
1 John 2:10 NASU
The one who loves his brother abides in light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
Forever, His table is open so that we can sup with Him as we honor Him with grateful hearts for all He has done and ALL He is.
We must never forget our First Love, Jesus.
Take the time to have communion today. It would be great if you can share it with others (please try to). But even if you are alone, make sure you set apart the time to be grateful to Him and specifically thank Him for the many things He has done.
I want to thank You and honor You today. I want to tell You all my favorite things about You.
I want to welcome You every day as my Savior, Redeemer, Provider, Lord, and King.
I want You to melt my heart with Yours.
I want to be the answer to Your prayer to the Father in John 17 that we will be one as You and the Father are one.
You are everything to me and everything I need.
Help me to remember the importance of welcoming others to the table to commune with You.
It is my privilege and my honor to share the truth of You with everyone I come into contact with in Your Kingdom, so that they can also share in the joy and freedom only You can bring.
Now I come before You to worship You, in spirit and in truth.