Eat Food, Grow Relationships, Give the Gospel

Some of Jesus best Gospel messages didn’t come in a formal, monologue format. Many of His best Gospel messages came around the dinner table.

Matthew 9:9-12  And as Jesus…saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

I am thankful that we have had great opportunities in our country for evangelism on a large-scale. You, no doubt, have experienced that not all people will attend an evangelistic preaching service. Even when churches host atypical events as opportunities to present the Gospel there are some who refuse to attend base upon the fear of participating in a church function.

Jesus’ custom (& model) is instructive to us as we find ourselves in an increasingly hostile environment toward the Gospel. It is essential that people have the opportunity to know us in a casual setting where they feel the freedom to engage in serious, meaningful conversation about the claims of Jesus upon their lives.

A couple of thoughts the above passage (Matthew 9.9-12):

  • Matthew was not a “safe/clean” convert. Matthew was a Jew that devout Jews would not associate with because of his business dealing with Gentiles.
  • Matthew invited his unbelieving, Jewish friends to hear Messiah at his house (probably because they never would have entered the synagogue, and thus, to hear Jesus teaching).
  • Religious people questioned Jesus association with sinful people. In fact these were some of the most despised within the social structures of society.
  • This isn’t the only time the Bible records Jesus dining with unbelieving people.
  • Jesus reminds us that sick people need the Gospel founded upon a loving, caring relationship.

Is there an individual that God has burdened you for? It’s as simple as preparing the spaghetti noodles, sauce and giving that welcoming invite over for a meal to Eat Food, Grow Relationships and Give the Gospel.

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