Fellowshipping together over a meal is an important part of our life together as Christians, one we should not neglect.
The Bible frequently promises that heaven will be a rich feast provided by God. Look at the words of Isaiah.
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined (Isaiah 25:6).
Jesus used an analogy for his ministry saying that it is like a king inviting everyone to a great banquet (Luke 14:15-24). His turning the water to wine at Cana was not incidental. He is the great “master of the feast” (John 2:1-11). In the parable of the prodigal son, the Father calls for a feast to celebrate his son’s return. And, of course, Revelation 19 speaks of the marriage supper of the Lamb.
The passage reflect the truth that God has not merely made food to provide fuel for our bodies, but food is also for fellowship. God wants his people to fellowship and has provided a happy medium for doing this: a meal.
Over a meal—one for which we have given thanks for unto God—we can enjoy God’s goodness to us together. We can enjoy one another. We can minister to one another as we learn about each other’s concerns and issues. Much of Jesus ministry involved reclining over a meal with sinners, Pharisee, tax-collectors, and his disciples.
So let us eat together. It is part of our love for one another. Let us invite members to our homes for food and fellowship. Let us meet and eat lunch. Let us participate in the various fellowship meals that we have. These are good opportunities to share each other’s lives.
Because we will eat together then, we should eat together now.