Read: Matthew 9:9-13

As you may already know in Jesus’ day, tax collectors were considered the scum of the earth. They were local lackies for the Roman Empire, so right out of the gate, they are considered traitors. Plus, to get their salary, they had to gouge people for as  much money as they could  through whatever means they could.  So when Jesus called one of the most despised and looked down upon people to be one of his disciples—that was a shocker! And notice the first thing Jesus did after Matthew said “Yes” to “Follow Me.” He didn’t have him take a class on how to be a disciple.  He didn’t get Matthew started studying the Bible and memorizing scripture. He went to Matthew’s house to eat.

The third of our five simple missional practices (B.L.E.S.S.) is to “E” Eat.  For us to live out the Jesus Mission by blessing the world, it’s all about forming relationships with people where we live and work that go beyond small talk and occasional conversation. One of the most effective ways for that to happen is to simply eat with people.

Imagine what might happen if every Christ-follower reading this started regularly eating with our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends who don’t know Jesus?

Text the Daily: How many meals do you eat at home each week?

Journal Question: What changes do I need to make to slow down enough to make time to eat with others?

Prayer Starter: Jesus, help me to listen and discover the needs of others and where you are at work.