“Just show up. Just bring yourself.” These are the words of the best hosts. They don’t ask you to bring anything, do anything, or prepare anything. You just need to show up.
And those are the words that accompany the daily invitation to meet with the King.
“Just come. I’ve already prepared the meal. I’ve already set the table. I’ve already saved your seat. Simply come. Just show up and meet me. Sup with me and be with me. Hear me and hear my heart. Let me love you and let me serve you.”
Southern hospitality is thought of by many as the gold standard for welcoming and receiving guests. But I would argue that, at best, southern hospitality is a distant second to what I call Heavenly Hospitality. God is the host with the most. Every day he prepares just what I need. Sometimes it’s my favorite dish—that one meal I enjoy the most. And sometimes the dish is full of what I am deficient in and desperately need, whether I realize it or not.
There was a time when I felt like I had to “bring something to the party” as if it would be dishonorable to show up empty handed. But I have since learned there is no requirement to fulfill. I am the King’s worthy and esteemed guest simply because of what Jesus has already done for me. And empty handed is a great way to show up.
I believe God wants to introduce us to a side of Him that we may not be as familiar with—the loving host, who takes great pride in going all out in showing kindness to his guests.
For the next few weeks, I want to share some insights about the King’s table— what it is and what it isn’t, what happens there, and why we should make frequent visits. I may also debunk some myths about this sacred space.
I am really excited to discuss this topic with you and I’m looking forward to meeting you back here next week. But, in the meantime, the Host is ready to receive you. Take some time to pull up a seat at the King’s table today.
Living In The Light,