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Breaking Bread Beyond Borders

Updated on April 22, 2011
Are we prepared to go beyond the borders of our eating habits?
Are we prepared to go beyond the borders of our eating habits?

Sharing a Meal Meant Sharing a Life

What does it mean for us today if we choose to follow Jesus’ example of sitting at the table with sinners? (Lk 5:27-32) What will it cost us to enter their homes and share in the celebration of life.

Jesus’ radical practice of table fellowship challenges those of us who are preoccupied with preserving our mutual exclusiveness and good standing in the community at large. Are we prepared to go beyond the borders of our eating habits? Are we ready to eat with anybody regardless of class, color, creed or condition?

How would you feel if Jesus was nudging you on to risk your reputation in the community and reach out to those of questionable character? Would you be willing to move out of your own comfort zone and dare to be different? Who are the people who sit across your table today? Isn’t it far easier to rub elbows with the more meaningful, successful, and beautiful people around you? Would you take the initiative to set aside your table manners and deliberately tread the unfamiliar territory of table fellowship?

Think about the types of people Jesus sat with. In what ways can you take Christ to those in need of His help? Safeguarding our reputations can hinder our ministry to the backslidden, insignificant, unwanted or neglected people in our churches and communities. The religious establishment in Jesus’ day couldn’t stomach the thought of mingling with the refuse of society.

Why not take the time to pray for an individual whom God has placed in your life, asking Him to show you concrete ways in meeting this person’s need? Why not invite this individual to your home for a warm and sumptuous meal? It’s one thing to take a meal to a needy person outside your home and it’s another to invite that person in. During the time of Jesus, the principle of sharing a meal meant sharing life. This was the Messiah’s means of restoring the sinner’s relationship with God. As the people of God, we should wisely employ this strategy in our effort to reach out and share the life of Christ with others. I encourage you to break bread beyond your borders.

My conviction toward this practice has led me to sit and share a meal across many tables. In the process, I have seen businessmen cry and confess their sins to Christ across many conference tables deep in the wilderness of a financial center. I have heard broken women sob and surrender their lives to Christ across many dining tables deep in the wilderness of a suburban community. I have witnessed former employees repent and receive Christ across many drafting tables deep in the wilderness of the advertising world. My father came to Christ across a dinner fellowship table. My youngest brother came to Christ across a coffee shop table. And seated at a table, I too came to Christ and shared His meal of forgiveness and restoration.

Copyright 2009, Gicky Soriano.  All rights reserved.

Think about the types of people Jesus sat with.
Think about the types of people Jesus sat with.

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    • beverlyfaye profile image

      beverlyfaye 

      5 years ago

      Excellent point. "Breaking Bread" together is such an informal, comfortable way to be real with each other and share what is on our hearts. Thank you for this hub.

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      7 years ago from California

      Michael, thanks for dropping in and commenting on this hub. Continue to break bread across your table. Who knows? It may open a friends eyes to recognize Jesus (Luke 24:28-35). Blessings to you.

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      Michael Aulia 

      7 years ago

      Wow, it's so amazing to read that many have actually come to Jesus over a dinner/coffee table. It really suits the theme of the verse well

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      8 years ago from California

      Hi ie, thank you for your visit and comment. May you keep your heart and table open in order to break bread with those the Lord brings to your home. Let's continue to do for others what God has done for us.

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      ie reyes 

      8 years ago

      I to accepted the Lord in one of His tables. It was in a not so crowded restaurant over a cup of coffee. Actually it wasn't too far away from my biological birthday that I came to the Lord, and had my spiritual bithday.

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      Thirsty strangers and hungry enemies alike are to be ministered to as did Jesus. Food and drink across our tables and a roof over their heads. Regardless of the outcome, we do it in faith and obedience--we do it unto our Lord.

      Thanks Carrie for the cross-reference verse and giving my hub a read.

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      And in Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;"

      Romans 12:20 "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." The coals of fire symbolize the conviction of the Holy Spirit unto salvation! Amen!

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      Believers breaking bread with unbelievers where they live. That's what it means for the lost to savor the Savior across our tables. May you share a meaningful kingdom meal to those who feed on the crumbs of this world.

      "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? ...Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" (Mt 25:37,40).

      Go beyond your borders and be blessed brother.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Absolutely! This is a fine contribution to the edification of Believers. Hopefully, it leads us to reach out to the lost where they live, in the needs they have. Thank you for a wonderful missive.

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