“I need a bigger table before I can host a girl’s brunch.” As I look at my small table with four chairs, I realize I can’t fit a lot of friends around this thing. I need one of those long farmhouse tables. It must be perfect and have lots of room.
I’ve been saying this to myself for a few years now. Waiting until I have the perfect place to invite groups of people over. But one day I saw a quote that allowed me to see I already had a place.
“You don’t have to lead a ministry to be a ministry.”
–Christy Wright, Business Boutique.
I realized that I don’t have to wait for the perfect size table. I already have a table and chairs. I have the tools to host people in my home. To invite others to enjoy a home cooked meal and some great conversation around the dinner table. I do not need a large table to turn my home into a ministry to the outside world.
My husband and I decided to invite several co-workers and friends over to our house for a dinner and game night. Since our dining room table is small we decided to pull out our 8-foot plastic folding table. I added a table cloth that transformed our generic table into an inviting place to sit. When I friends came over we played games, ate dinner and had a lot of laughs. Never once did the type of table I had come up in conversation.
I am happy to say that in a few weeks I am finally going to host the lady’s brunch. I still don’t have a nice big table but I will make do with what I have. I’ve met so many women lately who just want to connect with others. That’s what I hope my plastic table can help do. I really want my home to be a place where people come to relax and feel loved. I even had my friend Heather make me a sign for my dining room. It’s from a David Crowder song. When I heard the lyrics I knew that’s what I wanted in my dining room.
“Come sit at the table, come taste the grace.”
I think it’s easy for us to assume we don’t have the right materials to impact others. But God never said we needed things like a perfect dining room table to bring people together in his name. All we need is to offer what we have to those around us. Whether that’s serving meals to our guest on fine China or on paper plates. Use what you have. If you remember you remember when Jesus was dining at Simon’s home when a woman broke open expensive perfume for him. She used what she had to show Jesus her appreciation.
“She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” -Mark 14:8-9
What do you have that can be used to help others? Are you waiting for the perfect time or place to host a small group? I say don’t wait. There are people in this world who need to see and hear how much God loves them. It’s amazing what a warm meal and good conversation can do to help show that to others.