Day 20: Love for the City
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Across cultures, sharing a meal is a sign of acceptance and friendship. As you eat with someone, walls come down and authentic conversation begins to happen. It’s no surprise, then, that Jesus pursued and loved the broken in this way – knowing full well that it would cost him his reputation amongst the religious crowd.
Call to Action: Invite a coworker or neighbor to join you for a meal. Keep it simple. Be interested in them. Ask questions. Listen. Learn.
- What did you learn about a neighbor by doing this?
- How will you continue the conversation you started?
- How might this open additional avenues of serving your neighbors and showing them the love of Christ?
Lord Jesus, I cannot expect my neighbors to accept you when I have not really accepted them. I confess that I often feel too tired, too busy, and too selfish to want to share a meal with a neighbor. But I see this is what you did, and I want to follow in your steps. Break me out of the comfortable and familiar, and use many shared meals to share your love through me. For Christ’s sake, Amen.