What do a table and a vision have in common?
The two can come together to create, develop, and implement ideas beyond anyone’s imagination. The missing element is people to join together at the table with an open heart and mind.
So what is a table? It is a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs with a surface such as dining room table, coffee table, end table, accent table, and nightstand (also a bedside table). There are also specific types of tables, such as drafting, conference, and sewing tables.
It is not a coincidence that one of the most profound moments of Jesus’ ministry took place around a table. Even for those who do not follow Jesus, the painting of Jesus sitting with his disciples around a table for the Last Supper is a profound moment captured for all time and for future generations to witness.
In the book of Luke 14, Jesus described the Kingdom of God as a great banquet table. The Parable of the Great Banquet is found in Luke 14:15-24. “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the Kingdom of God” (verse 15). Jesus has instructed his host at a dinner that Jesus was attending to not to simply be hospitable to people who could pay him back with invitations but should invite people who couldn’t repay: the poor, disabled, and blind. Jesus explains that the host will be paid back at the resurrection of the righteous (Luke 14:12–15).
All are welcome at the table of God.
The Bible also discusses vision both in a physical sense and changing the future while keeping true to the message.
2 Chronicles 16:9, For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
Ephesians 4:11-16, So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
We are living in a new time with life changes never experienced before. There is division, bigotry, and fear of people who are different. Sitting around a table provides a physical closeness to allow learning about each other. Tables offer an avenue to come together to bring a new way to receive an ancient message. Joining others at a table opens vistas to explore and imagine a greater good for all people. While preserving the past and honoring traditions is important, so is exploring and implementing new ideas. Jesus did just that, honored the past and presented new ideas.
I invite you to do two things:
First, get a copy of Build A Bigger Table: Creating Space to Discuss Life & Faith by Jeremy Martin and read it. No, I don’t get a commission; I am not involved in its sales in any way. This book is a beautiful blueprint of a new way to LIVE in faith.
Second, consider attending Downtown Faith. Again, I don’t get a commission, points, or even a pass for my sin by God. I just want to get the message out about a truly loving place with a revolutionary approach. If you can’t handle Sunday mornings or walking into a “church,” there is Pub Theology the last Monday of the month at Banger Brewing in downtown Las Vegas. You can order a drink (including a beer) and join a group of people to talk about life.
Join the discussion!