Joyful Gatherings

Joyful gatherings create spaces where hearts connect, barriers fall, fun occurs, and God’s presence is felt. So, when is your next event with friends, neighbors, or community members?

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

– Luke 14:13-14 ESV

Jesus masterfully demonstrated this effort during His time on earth. Jesus’ gatherings broke societal norms and expectations. He dined with sinners, tax collectors, and those on the fringes of society, to show us all that God’s kingdom is open to every heart. Meals with Jesus were more than social gatherings; they were divine appointments where the lonely found companionship and the seekers encountered truth.

Extending your table and your heart, especially to those who might never be able to repay you, is a heavenly opportunity. By doing so, you shine a light of biblical hospitality and transform your gathering into something that reflects God’s unconditional love. Your gatherings should be inclusive, creating a safe space for everyone, especially those who feel left out or marginalized.

Radical hospitality demonstrates God’s unconditional love and transforms ordinary moments into beautiful encounters.

Creating gatherings today also means intentionally cultivating an atmosphere of joy and peace. It can be as simple as playing uplifting music, sharing a word of encouragement, playing games, or praying for and with your guests. It’s about inviting God’s Spirit to lead and guide your time together, making every gathering a loving encounter.

By following Jesus’ example, you can turn your gatherings into joyful, life-giving encounters that reflect God’s kingdom here on earth.

Today’s One Thing 

As you pray, ask God to shed light on an opportunity for you to create a fun and joyful event. As you do, affirm to yourself, “I choose to love generously, extend my table wide, and cultivate gatherings where God’s love is shared.”

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