When you first surrender your life to Jesus you are ready to storm the gates of hell. He rescued you from the pit of despair and then… well… you drift.
It’s not planned. It’s not intentional. It happens to everyone at some point. You just sort of… drift…
You get busy with life.
You see a piece of Scripture that makes us uncomfortable.
You get tired of waiting for things to turn around.
You know what you ought to do and don’t.
You know what you shouldn’t do and do.
The difficulty with turning back to God is you feel you have gone too far.
This is one reason we have the gift of the table.
In most households the kitchen table is the center of epicenter of the house. Meals are shared with tears and laughter. Life changing conversations are had. Amazing things happen when we sit eye to eye conversing over food. This is the gift of the table.
Jesus invited us to his table.
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23–26, ESV)
The table keeps us from drifting. It is a tangible way to remember our identity in Jesus. It’s is a reminder that when you surrendered your life to him you were justified by his grace. It has nothing to do with anything that you have done and everything to do with what Jesus did. Jesus became sin and was crucified so that we might become his righteousness (2:Corinthians 5:21).
But it is more than a reminder, it is a sacrament. A covenant renewal ceremony. A place where heaven and earth collide.
So when you think you have drifted to far, let me remind you of the gift of the table. “For if, while you were and enemy to God, you were reconciled to God by the death of Jesus while you were his enemy how much more because you are saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)