As we’ve talked about, God’s dream is that all people would find their fill at God’s eternal table. That is why Jesus Christ came into the world: to extend salvation to all people; to reconcile all people to God; to connect us all to God and each other at God’s feasting table. As we’ve been saying, it’s all connected at the table.
So here’s the question: How do we let others know they belong at Christ’s table?
The Apostle Paul teaches us that proximity is where it all begins. First, that means we have to be willing to get close to our neighbors, neighborhoods and cities. As the prophet Jeremiah said to exiles (600 years before Jesus), “Promote the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because your future depends on its welfare” (29:7). We have to seek the welfare of our neighbors, neighborhoods and cities by getting close.
But that’s not all. We have get close and then we have to stay close. For many of us, we’re okay with getting close to our poor and vulnerable neighbors. We’re not as thrilled about staying close.
Here’s the thing, though: God got close and stayed close to us in Jesus Christ to reconcile us all. That’s also how we let others know they belong at Christ’s table.
Message from Sunday, July 12, 2015: