He invites us to his table and desires to talk with us. Have you ever thought of Jesus that way – as someone who is desirous to engage you in conversation – to spend time with you at the table?
Consider that his first recorded words in the Gospel of John are directed toward two people interested in learning more about him. Jesus realized that they were following him and he asked, “What do you want?” They replied, “where are you staying?” The Lord replied, “Come, and you will see” (John 1: 37-39)
Come and see. Jesus’ first act in the Gospel was not a miracle or profound teaching. It was a simple invitation to fellowship – to reveal himself to two people who wanted to get to know him better.
Spending time with Jesus has profound, life-changing results. Mary was commended for sitting at his feet and listening to him. Paul, after his conversion, didn’t seek anyone’s counsel but rather went to the desert to commune directly with God. Moses received the law during 40 days and nights of direct communication with the Father.
How much of our experience with God is second hand – limited to reading books or listening to Christian music and sermons? These are good, but they are not the best. We most likely have never met the author of that book or song we like so much. The pastor of the podcast that we listen to online has probably never met us. Why should we be satisfied listening in on their personal conversation? If that is the extent of our knowledge of God we are living on hand-me-downs and left overs.
The true value of others testimony in song or word is to awaken a desire for Christ in our hearts. If it does not create a thirst for God in our soul it is deficient.
Remember the story of the Samaritan woman? The people appreciated her testimony because it created in them a longing to meet Christ. They followed her to the Lord and, after hearing him said, “We no longer believe just because of what you said. Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4: 42). Her testimony of Jesus was good. Jesus’ testimony of himself was even better!
Jesus knows us more profoundly than we know ourselves and he invites us to commune with him at the table he has prepared. It will do us a world of good to take the time to listen to what he wants to tell us. Listening to other people’s testimonies is good, but it’s time for us to grow in our knowledge of Christ and share our own exciting stories of our table talk with Jesus!