Day 13: Who will I {invite} to the table?

And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.”  So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain.  And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.”  Ruth 2:14

{Invite}  to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.  (Dictionary.com)

Just this morning, pondering the word {invite} my eyes have landed on this somewhat obscure passage in Ruth 2, the 14th verse.  It’s the invitation.  An invitation to lunch.  Reading the definition from dictionary.com and thinking with my modern, western cultural mindset, the invitation invokes a smile and a southern, “Oh, how sweet!” response… Bless her heart!

However, as I pray and look again at God’s Word, this scene doesn’t appear normal.  It seems somewhat unusual – even scandalous – a bit.  The man who owns the field, the near kinsman, extended an invitation to a foreigner and a woman.

The scene here reminds me of many eyebrow-raising dinner invitations Jesus offered and accepted.  Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner one day.  On other occasions Jesus ate in the homes of tax collectors, sinners, the unclean and he shared meals in the company of women.

{Invite}  – the near Kinsman invited Ruth to join the reapers at the table for a meal.  She was invited to eat until satisfied.  And she was welcome to take with her the leftovers for her mother in law, Naomi.pablo (77)

I’ve been invited to the table.  Many years ago, as a young professional and somewhat of a foreigner to the church, a man – a manager, a boss – invited me to the Friday morning table.  He bought me a Bible, and he extended an invitation to come to sit at the table with other Jesus followers.

I gladly received his invitation.  But on that first Friday walking in with my brand new Bible I felt awkward.  They were all comfortable at this table.  I wasn’t sure where to sit.  I had nothing to say, but I listened.  Someone helped me turn the pages to find the place where we would feast that day until satisfied, and amazingly I had some leftovers to take with me and share with someone else.  (5 minutes)

Again, I am reminded of Ruth’s great grandson’s words in Psalm 34 – an invitation.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

And then, most assuredly the greatest invitation of all, the invitation of our Redeemer, our Bridegroom…  to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”  Revelation 19:9 esv

Ponders:

One of my favorite activities is to invite others to share in an activity with me.  If I want to take a walk, I invite someone to come along.  I love to invite a friend(s) to meet me for lunch or coffee.  Rather than assume, I even like to invite my husband to dinner and a movie (at home).

I don’t see inviting others as a specific gift listed in the Bible, but we are called to be hospitable.  At a specific point in time, I asked the Lord to teach me what it means to be hospitable and to show me what that looks like for me.  May I encourage you today… our Father is so good and faithful to answer our prayers when we ask Him to teach us.

  • Is the Lord inviting you to the table today?  Will you accept His invitation to dine with Him and to listen to Him and learn from Him?
  • Will you in turn invite someone else to the table?  Will you help a stranger to Jesus meet Him?  Will you introduce someone to Jesus today?  I’m taking the challenge myself to invite someone to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.

Eyes on Jesus…you’re Shining!

Today I have accepted the invitation of Kate Motaung to participate with the Five Minute Friday community to write on the Friday word prompt {invite}.  Thank you, Kate, for offering 31 word prompts for our 31-day writing challenge.  What a blessing!


10 thoughts on “Day 13: Who will I {invite} to the table?

  1. Whew. This one brought tears to my eyes. Your whole series has been so interesting. I appreciate your candor and your willingness to dig into the obscure. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrew, for taking precious time out to visit me at eyesonjesusandshine, to read my post, and especially to expend the extra energy to comment with beautiful encouraging words. I so appreciate you “liking” my Facebook page as well. I’ve read your post today as well and felt like it was iron sharpening iron. I will go back and leave you a comment. Bless you, as you race on with Jesus leading the way…

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  2. Good afternoon Lisa,

    I so enjoyed your post today. Felt like I dove into a visit with Boaz, then joined Jesus at His table. I empathized with you being at the table with your new Bible. Been in that very space only a short 5 years ago. I am thankful for this group and the connections I am making. If you are interested in writing a guest post on my blog in 2018, let me know. I would love to hear more of your story💙Blessings upon your weekend, Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie, for stopping by to read my post at eyesonjesusandshine. I am so honored by your encouraging words. I too am thankful for the fmf community of faith writers. Thank you for inviting me for a guest post. I am interested, so maybe we will be able to continue the conversation.
      Thank you again, and I’ll be reading your fmf post this weekend. Bless you, with experiencing Jesus in the everyday stuff of life. Lisa

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    1. Me too, friend. Me too. I love that Jesus invites the imperfect and broken to His banquet table. I’m so grateful I received His invitation completely undeserving. Thank you for taking precious time out of your day to visit here! I’ll be reading along and will find your post this weekend. Lisa

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  3. I loved when you shared that you love to invite others to do activities with you and that you don’t just assume your husband will want to do an activity with you, but that you go out of your way to invite him. I think that this paints such a beautiful picture of hospitality! Thanks for the encouragement to invite others along! (commenting from #13 on FiveMinuteFriday)

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