Over the last several weeks we as a church have joined together to reflect on what we think about when we think of our homes. How they can shape us spiritually and how can they shape the body of Christ and build up the kingdom of God? On Sunday I was one of several people who had the opportunity to attend the Newcomers Lunch on behalf of the vestry where we met five people eager to learn more about Restoration’s mission and heart; men and woman that would be wonderful additions to our church family. The truth of our “Home Matters” sermon series was on full display at the home of the Gordon’s, who hosted our lunch this day.
The gathering was the perfect picture of what Jed spoke about in his sermon earlier that same morning. At the table, we are to gather in companionship, which literally means to “eat bread together” and that is exactly what we did. What was happening around the table was not only lively conversation but, more importantly, an earnest desire on everyone’s part to get to know each other better. As Kolby described a few weeks ago in his message, the Gordon’s home became an “outpost of the kingdom of God” this very day for the camaraderie shared brought glory to God and His kingdom as we united in Christian fellowship and purpose.
As a woman who lives alone and therefore often eats alone, I was not surprised to hear Jed’s statistics on just how many Americans eat many of their meals in isolation. This is not the way it was meant to be. Meals are powerful expressions of family, friendship and celebration in ever culture. Scripture says Jesus has come to seek and save the lost, to give his life as a ransom for many (Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28) but how does it say he comes? Jesus himself says, “The Son of Man comes eating and drinking” (Luke 7:34). It is through sharing a meal with others you replicate Jesus’ mission and share God’s grace with others.
As Anglicans our worship service culminates at the communion table and our daily lives are best culminated around a shared meal. Jed asked each of us: are you malnourished in relationships? What barriers in your life have you allowed to stand that have pushed relationships to the back room of your life? If these questions, resonate with you, I encourage you to see how you can join Christ in his mission as you too make your home an “outposts” for God’s everyday sacred and divine purposes.