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  • Jill Jarrell Newsome

Cookin' For Jesus

One of my favorite things to do is to eat together with family and friends. Mike and I make that a priority and we get together with loved ones every week. Sharing a meal face-to-face gives us the opportunity to bond and grow. I love having other’s join us for the holidays - there is a great bond when they interact around the table with you. At my house, they become family. I also love going to Wednesday night suppers at church for the fellowship and opportunity to bond and grow as a church family!

I believe Wednesday night suppers at our church are so important! I had the blessing of taking those servants for an appreciation lunch! My heart was so touched the week of revival as they worked so hard. Most come in around noon on Wednesday and left seven hours later. The week of revival, they cooked Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And lunch that Wednesday. As I went through the line for lunch that day (for a Holy Spirit Workshop) those servants were still smiling but they looked exhausted! I am amazed at the servant hearts that cook and clean up for us each week!

Throughout the Bible, mealtime was important for being together and enjoying each other. It was also a time for teaching. Some of the Bible’s greatest moments were around mealtime. Sarah hosted the angels and Jesus changed water to wine for a wedding feast. In the New Testament, we see Jesus reclining at the table, often, during His early ministry. He engaged with real people, furthered His Kingdom work. Acts 2: 46-47, “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Jesus calls us to gather around His table where we enjoy fellowship with Him and with our brothers and sisters.

God wants us to be His hands and feet. Through our service, God can serve us generous helpings of His love and mercy. The table is a great place for your family, your friends, your church family to come together and grow in Christ. You do not only share the meal but also laughs, tears and memories!

Being a servant requires laying down your pride and taking up humility. It demands your time and requires you to be intentional. John 13: 34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” We are called to give ourselves to serving others. Look for opportunities to bless others.

Christ is our example. He “did not come to be served, but to serve.” Mark 10: 45. Remember Christ is your Lord, which means HE is the master. This attitude helps us be a good servant. Serving is not about the applause or the titles but about others. It is about carrying out the Great Commission. If you are a believer, you are a servant. Galatians 5: 13, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”

What kind of servant are you? Eager? Intentional? Joyful? Reluctant?


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