You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. Psalm 23:5-6 (ESV)
Psalm 23 is a revelation that the gift of Christian Community is a gift that only God can give. He sets the table for us, because of Jesus we can enjoy the gift of Christian fellowship let us not be deceived to think that we bring it to pass.
This quote from Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer shines a light to further understand this gift: “Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift from God which we cannot claim…The more thankfully we daily recive what is given to us, the more surely and steadily will fellowship increase and grow from day to day as God pleases. Christian brotherhood is not an idea to realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenely shall we think of our fellowship and pray and hope for it.”
This quote is sobering, how many times have I taken for granted the gift of God in community? How many times have I spoken against it because it didn’t give me what I thought I needed? We can now shift our expectations from what the fellowship can give us but to how can I serve and foster this gift that I have been given from the Lord. Because this gift is so freely given we can not then keep it to ourselves. Who have you been wanting to get to know, because you see Jesus pouring out of them? Who have you been wanting to share your heart with? Who have you noticed on the outskirts and felt that prompting in your heart to reach out to them? Jesus, walked this earth extending invitations bidding us come to Him. From the little children to the lepers He invited them in. An invitation to join you at the table will lead you to an unexpectedly easy, yet organic, way to make disciples. When we bring others to the table and break bread we enjoy Christian fellowship but also we enjoy the True Bread of Life, as He Himself meets us there.