Connection to Eating
I listened to a preacher last week, and he shared some information about Jesus that intrigued me. He said that many of the events surrounding Jesus’s ministry and His teachings had some connection to an eating event. They were about food or drink or happened either before, during or right after a meal. Yeah, you are scanning your Bible right now to see if that is true, aren’t you? I know after I heard this I was. Let's look at a few examples in the Word:
- Jesus’ first miracle – at a wedding feast (John 2: 1-12)
- Jesus disciples eating from the fields on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-2)
- Jesus feeds the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-22)
- The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:17-29)
- The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14: 15-24)
- Jesus and the Miraculous Catch (John 21: 10-14)
These are just to name a few. With that being said, what’s the connection? Well, I think as we read these passages, we can see that Jesus uses these everyday opportunities to get our attention and share something profound with us. When we are reclining at a meal, our guard is lowered, and the partaking of food together gives us a joint adventure, or a moment together in time. It connects us.
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Sitting around the dinner table, enjoying a meal together, may be one of the easiest ways today to share the Good News. We begin with our families. As we do this, media free we can share with each other our daily events. As we share, we can look how God has been a part of those. In Children’s ministry, we call these, God Sightings. As you begin to make this a part of your family mealtime, it will naturally weave into other parts of your life.
It is important for us to be intentional about beginning in our own home, with our own family first. We are commanded to share our faith, first with our families. (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9). Sharing our faith with our families first also prepares us to share our faith with others.
God has promised to give us the power to be a witness with the help of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Just keep it simple, ask God for help and see what happens.
So let’s eat, drink and share the Good News…
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.