Have you ever noticed how much of Jesus’ ministry on earth was centered around meals? Among others, there was the wedding at Cana, a dinner with the reviled Zaccheus, and the beautiful symbolism of the Last Supper. Jesus was even criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 12:16).
As one scholar put it: “Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.”
For Bri McKoy, Jesus’ ministry through meals became a model through which she created community and shared God’s love with the people He placed in her life. She’s written a book about her experiences titled Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table.
In it, she describes how she turned her dining room table into a mission field, and gives tips to help her readers do the same.
Whether you bring one person to your table or ten, you can honor the gifts God has given you and love people the way Jesus loves them. Some meals may be fancy and home cooked, others may be take-out. Some evenings may be filled with laughter and connection, while others involve listening and quiet conversation.
Either way, Bri will help you reach out without feeling like you have to be “Pinterest perfect.” It’s not about the sophistication of the experience, but about being available to God and allowing Him to do what He wants through your evening together.
I’m talking with Bri McKoy about her book on the Focus on the Family Broadcast “Sharing the Heart of the Gospel at Your Table.” She’s a visionary and leader for Compassion International’s blogger program.
Her book – full of stories, recipes, and encouragement – is available in our online store. You can also get a copy for a gift of any amount. Check our website for details and listen to the program on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app.