FOOD. FELLOWSHIP. FRIENDSHIP. FAITH-FAMILY Pt. 2
Dr Wole Gbogboade
“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” Psalms 128: 3 KJV
Every opportunity we have to eat together especially in our home or elsewhere, is a time of fellowship not just food.
A minister of God who always dine together with his family said, he was going to pack up his ministry to go back to secular business out of frustration. He announced it at the meal table after selling the idea with his wife, his intention so that he could work and earn to take care of his family. Then the children spoke in agreement one after the other. But, the little child answered with a question, “Dad, since you said The Lord asked you to start the ministry, has the Lord told you to close it?” That’s it! Dad bowed his head as he wept as he shook his head. They prayed together and he continued the ministry. Today, it’s a big ministry to the glory of God.
In another family, it was a boy who revealed what the mother had been hiding whenever the dad traveled. For some time, she would take the children to another Church whenever her husband went on official tour. But, when he was around, they all went to the family Church. However, on a Saturday evening at dinner table, the boy just asked the mum, “Which Church are we attending tomorrow?” Then, his dad asked the mum which other Church have you been attending! She had to say it. Thank God, they all started attending the new Church. Out of the mouth of babes and suckling the Lord can perfect His praise!
The family table is not just for food and drink, it’s an avenue for sharing the scriptures together with a view to disciple the children even as we allow them to share God’s word, their dreams and visions. There is ample opportunity to correct them and instruct them just like the time of devotion at the family alter. In a way, the family alter is for kind of formal training and teaching the children. While the family table is for informal teaching and training the children table manners, family ethics, through observation and sharing together. Proverbs 22: 6 (NIV)
Just like the saying, a family that prays together lives together, likewise, a family that feeds together, fellowships together as faith-family. It’s all about bonding with the Lord and one another. We should cultivate the habit of fellowshipping together as a family during meals at the table.
May our family be bonded together in The Lord as we focus in fellowship in the word and prayer.
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