The Table is Set; Take Your Place

I have this grand vision of my one-day family. When I’m married with children, dinner will be more than a meal! It will be a time of fellowship ; a daily appointment of quality time. I see my husband at the head of the table and my place straight across at the opposite end. There are four seats along the sides for our children to eat. Assigned seats has a negative connotation, but I believe the personal touches tailored to all the personalities will make every seat a unique place designed for one specific person. I see monogrammed charger plates, special notes of encouragement, and extra helpings of the foods they like on their plate.

Every place at my future dinner table is going to be unique. It doesn’t mean I love my husband or kids any less, just that my love for each of them is tailored. The point being is everyone in my family will have a seat at the table. Have you ever thought that God views us in the same way? He desires for each of us to Take Our Place at His table!!!

When you share a meal with someone, you share more than food. Usually, your physical hunger and social needs are met. Dinner is fellowship; you learn intimate details and laugh merrily. The cares of the world can evaporate temporarily at a good dinner party. That’s exactly what happens when we sit at God’s table. Whether we are praying, worshipping, or sitting quietly… Our time in God’s presence feeds us spiritually. We are renewed and refreshed. Spending time at God’s table allows our knowledge and reverence of who he is and who we are in Him to increase. “As God increases in our life, we as fleshly beings decrease” (John 3:30).

When you have dinner with someone, there’s a lot of planning that goes into it. Someone has to extend the invitation, the invitation has to be accepted, and everyone has to pick a date, time, and location suitable for all parties involved. The beautiful thing about dining at God’s table is that NO appointment is necessary. His table is available 24/7 and your spot is reserved. No one is taking your spot; its set aside with your name on it. Our place at God’s table isn’t earned, it’s a free gift offered through the process of salvation. (Ephesians 2:8)

Our God is a God of free will. He loves us and gently nudges us through the Holy Spirit to spend time with him, but he always leaves us the choice. God doesn’t desire puppets; He wants willing vessels who yearn and ache to be in His presence. “When we draw near to God, he draws near to us!” (James 4:8) A surrendered person doesn’t just seek God’s counsel in times of need. It’s important to press in when life is great also. Your seat at God’s table isn’t contingent on your circumstances; your seat is saved, so that God can alter and transform your heart to look like His, which in turn helps you overcome your circumstances. God’s plan is to “give you a new heart, and a new spirit. Sitting at His table opens the door for our hearts to be cleansed and allows God to remove the heart of stone formed from our flesh”. (Ezekiel 36:36)

In choosing to sit at God’s table, we choose to sit at the table of victory. The victory of God came 2000 years ago on a cross when our savior, Jesus, was beaten beyond recognition for our sins. Jesus took our place and Won the battle we could not win on our own. How grateful we should be that our Savior, our friend, our Lord loved us enough to lay down his life before we even knew our faults. (Colossians 1:20-22). Our God is Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our Victory! Sitting at his table in private allows us to publicly stand and fight from victory. Jesus simply says “take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Though the world may beat you down, keep going back to your reserved seat at the Lord’s table, and there you will be spiritually filled and equipped to fight in victory (Ephesians 6:10-18)

It should be our highest honor to seek the Lord’s face. Jesus’ death on the cross was a gateway for us to find our place at the Lord’s table. Before the cross, Christians had to bring blood sacrifices, cleansed in the most detailed manners on an appointed day to be in the presence of God. What a disgrace that we, myself included, many times take for granted that we live in a new covenant; one that allows us to “call on the name of Jesus anytime and anywhere”. (Psalm 91:15) We, especially, as American Christians, have a freedom our predecessors and some contemporary Christians in other parts of the world dream of and are willing to die for.

Does our God get angry when we blatantly ignore Him after such a great deed was done to give us privilege and invitation to join him at the Table? NO, our God is so righteous and so loving that he continues to pursue us daily… He beckons us to him, He blesses us beyond what is deserved, He extends grace and mercy when we fall short, He forgives us and remembers no more when we step outside of his grace. God LOVES us unconditionally and relentlessly.

You are the daughter or son of the King. He calls you his child, an heir to His kingdom” (Romans 8:17). Every parent loves to see their child, especially once they have left the nest, come home and dine at their table. God is waiting to welcome you with open arms at His table. No matter how many people enter His home, NO One can or will fill your spot at the table. “Taste and see that the Lord is Good” (Psalm 34:6)!! The table is set and your place is reserved—Don’t wait: the most magical dinner complete with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness is on the eternal menu. (Galatians 5:22)

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