A Place at the Table
By James Metsger
That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:2)
One day a friend called me and asked, “James, do you have a suit?” I was expecting a more traditional conversation starter. Something like, “Hey James, how are you?” But that’s not what I got. “Yes, I have a suit.” “Great!” my friend said, “Put it on and meet me downtown. Needing no further encouragement, I punched the address into my phone and found myself downtown at a rather large, unfamiliar building.
My phone buzzed. “Meet me at the top of the escalator,” the text read. I found the escalator and stepped on. At the end of my ride, I looked up to see my friend standing there. “What in the world is happening?” I asked. “I have no idea why I’m here.” My friend replied, “James, you’re going to meet Joe Montana.”
The Joe Montana? The Joe Montana of San Francisco 49er fame? Four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Montana. NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana! If you’re not a football fan, you may not know Joe, but you should know I had lunch with him.
I stood in a room with a select group of very important people all waiting to meet the football legend. I still have the picture of him shaking hands with me. He signed a helmet for me. I had lunch with Joe that day. Well, me and a few hundred other people, but still, I was there. I was invited to sit at the table.
Do you know that you’re invited to the table, too? Only the guest of honor is much more impressive, and the feast is much more satisfying.
Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Fellowship is participation. We participate with the Triune God. Every day, no matter the time or place, you’re invited to God’s table. You may not know Joe, but you can know Jesus. The Trinity has put out a place setting for you, and your Redeemer, the guest of honor, is waiting. So come and feast.
Reflect: What prevents you from meeting with God? What would it look like for you to meet with him now?