A Place At The Table

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

What is the Table? 

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. —Acts 2:42 

Imagine a long, beautifully prepared table where everyone has a seat. You find your name card and sit between two people you’ve never met before. The cutlery glistens in the light of flickering candelabras, as slow murmurs of conversation begin. After awkward introductions, bread is broken and passed around. Soon, laughter and easy conversation flow. 

As you eat, the French woman beside you tells a story about her young daughter’s first day of school and how she cried while waving her little one off. 

Over dessert, the man on your other side talks about growing up in Ghana, West Africa. He says he remembers the smell of home—cocoa and bonfire smoke—and tells you how much he misses it. 

You share your story, too, finding it easier than you anticipated to tell two strangers your thoughts and feelings, your hopes and dreams.

It’s odd: Even though you’ve just met them, no one here feels like a stranger.

This is the table. This is the kingdom of God at work.

Scripture is God’s beautiful invitation to all of humanity to come to His table. Through Jesus, we have a seat at this table—but not because we’ve earned it. 

As Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (NLT).

Even though God sent the invitation out to all, some people don’t know they’ve been invited to His table. That’s where we come in.

We invite you to explore what it means to be part of the kingdom of God; each day we will focus on parts of a “centerpiece” for a very special gathering. And each piece symbolizes the ways God sees us participating in His kingdom here on earth. 

Pull up your chair and let’s begin!

Food for Thought: 

  • Who’s one person you’d love to have dinner with?
  • How does it feel to know you’ve been invited to the table of God’s kingdom?
  • Think about one person in your life who doesn’t yet know they’re loved by God and invited to the table. How can you pray for them this week?

You’re invited to God’s table! Come and find your seat at wycliffe.org/table.