Eating with friends is excellent. Last night We ate with my cousin Terry. Terry was my best man and has been one of my closest friends of all time. He travelled all the way from Dartford on a Tuesday afternoon, to take B and I out for a curry. We had a good time catching up on family and old friends and then ate a huge dinner. although all three of us were tired, we had a wonderful evening in each others company.
This afternoon, I had lunch with another local pastor, Pete Lowman. We went to a chinese restaurant which had a special meal deal and we shared stories about church life as well as discussing things such as evangelism, prophecy, healings, spiritual warfare and men being men! It was great to spend time with a man who has had such a diverse range of experiences in his ministry and someone who is from a different style of church to our own. Eating with someone who loves Jesus and longs to see the advancement of the gospel was really refreshing.
I can't get away from the fact that Jesus ate with people, both those who followed him and those who did not yet follow him. He ate with tax collectors and he ate with his disciples. He used one of the everyday functions of every man woman and child and turned it in to times of friendship, teaching and impartation. We are a bit odd as Christians because we do invite people to our homes for dinner or out for a meal without there being a special occasion, but if it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me.