“So the servant came back and reported these things to his master. Then in anger, the master of the house told his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.’" Luke 14:21 (CSB)
As I’m sitting here writing this, I am reflecting on the events that took place in my life an hour ago. Today I dropped my daughter off for her first day of Jr. High. I’m pretty sure she handled it a lot better than I did. The excitement of this new passage of life was so appealing; she was up on her own at 5:30 a.m.
Reflecting back on my own Jr. High years, one thing that really stands out to me, and is stereotypical throughout many movies and TV shows, is the notorious lunch table. Any integral part of social status in the Jr. High realm is which table you get to sit at. We see in movies stories of kids going to eat their lunch in the bathroom stall because the prospect of finding any kind of group that will accept you or reject you is too much to bare. Jr. High can be a scary place.
During my devotional time, as I was thinking about the lunch table scene, a song by Sovereign Grace came on, called “Jesus, Thank You.” A particular line of that chorus struck me. The line reads “Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table Jesus, thank you.”
What a beautiful picture of the mercy and the love of Christ. Metaphorically speaking, Jesus invites us, although we were once His enemies, to sit at His lunch table. Christ is that loving, merciful, and wonderful. In the parable of the banquet in Luke 14, we see those that are rejected by the world be welcomed at the banquet. During this time, the thought of gentiles being seated at the banquet table was ludicrous. However, we see Jesus’ words in Luke 14:21-23, “‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame…” As told earlier in the parable, some may reject the master and think they are too good for Him. Others may reject the Master thinking they aren’t good enough. While we were once enemies of Christ, He loves us, and He wants us. No matter what, sisters, there is always a place for you at the table. You are worthy, and you are loved.
God, I thank You that You love me enough to make me Your friend, though I was once Your enemy. Thank You for giving me a seat in the table and for allowing me to have a relationship with You. I love You, Jesus.
Have you ever felt unworthy?
Reflect on the parable of the banquet table in Luke 14.
Memorize Romans 5:8.