Come to the Table

Come to the table.

What on earth do I mean? To be honest, as I sit on my bed with my laptop and begin typing this post, I’m not 100% sure what direction this post is headed. I want this to be an authentic post, so I’m just going to keep punching letters on my keyboard and hope my words touch someone on the other end of the screen.

When it comes to music, I usually can sing along for the majority of a song but I also don’t really know the words to some verses. Every now and then I’ll hear a song for the hundredth time and realize I had been singing incorrect words allll along – it’s like an OMG moment for me as I realize what the song is actually saying. Oh, and what the song is actually saying makes a whole lot more sense that what I’d been singing all along, it’s kind of funny the way that works out. Because this happens to me frequently I often like to focus on the words of songs, really listening to each verse and focusing on the story that’s being told. That is exactly what I did today when I heard Come to the Table by Sidewalk Prophets. I was moved. I loved the song. It got me thinking.

In case you didn’t watch the video above, here’s what the first bit of the song says:

We all start on the outside
The outside looking in
This is where grace begins
We were hungry, we were thirsty
With nothing left to give
Oh the shape that we were in
Just when all hope seemed lost
Love opened the door for us
He said come to the table
Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior now
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table
How true and moving is this? Each of us start on the outside looking in – we’re hungry, thirsty and lost. Because of His great love, Jesus has opened the door for us, inviting us to the table to join other sinners, people like you and me, who have been redeemed. We are offered a seat at the table beside the Savior. When we choose to follow Him and join Him, we will be set free.

When you come to the table, you’ll meet all kinds of people – a “motley crew of misfits.” The table is full of people who are just like you along with people who are nothing like you. No one is rejected, and everyone is welcome to join. Despite any differences, everyone at the table does have something in common – they’ve accepted Christ and have been redeemed.

I’m about to make a reference to a movie and ask that you please don’t judge, but keep reading because I have a reason for bringing it up.

I’m guessing you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, right? Remember this part of the movie?

We’ve all had that moment where we feel like we’re on the outside looking in – that moment where we’re looking for a way to fit in and feel like we belong. And when you find yourself in this position, you also probably find yourself wishing for a way out – wishing you were in someone else’s shoes.

As I think about the holiday season, it makes me happy to think about all the ways people help others (Salvation Army Red Kettle, Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, volunteering at a homeless shelter, etc.). What you may see as a simple action, such as dropping spare change in the Red Kettle on your way out from the grocery store, can actually make a huge difference for someone on the receiving end.

With Christmas less than one month away, I challenge you to make a difference. This holiday season (and even beyond), may you welcome others with open arms. Just as the song states – to the thief, to the doubter; to the hero and the coward; to the prisoner and the soldier; to the young, to the older; all who hunger, all who thirst; all the last, all the first; all the paupers and the princes; all who fail you’ve been forgiven; all who dream, all who suffer; all who loved and lost another; all the chained, all the free; all who follow, all who lead – everyone is welcome at the table of God, so let’s apply the same to our lives.

Picture from Jenni Kayne by Brittany Wood

I’m not saying to approach a stranger at the grocery store and ask them if they want to come over for dinner. Rather, stop and consider your actions more than you usually do. Help stop cars in a busy parking lot to let the elderly person safely walk across. Donate winter clothes to those in need to they can stay warm during the long winter nights. Don’t be so quick to judge someone, but take the time to get to know them. Anonymously pay for the meal of the stranger eating alone at the restaurant. Bless someone with an unexpected Christmas gift. Offer to lend a helping hand in a situation where deep-down you want to make an excuse to get out of it. The list of ways you can make a difference is unending.

Again, I challenge you to make a difference. God so graciously welcomed us to His table, so let’s do the same. Come to the table ready to serve. Let’s love others like He loves us. Let’s spread the goodness of the Bible and invite others to live a life of faith. Let’s let down our guard so we can selflessly and wholeheartedly live a life that honors God. After all, Christ is the reason for the season! The next time you see someone on the outside looking in, invite them to join you; do something to let them know you care. Your small action can go a long way and can make a difference.

As always, thank you for stopping by! I wish you and your family a blessed holiday season!

 

Until the next page,

Allison Paige

 

 

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