If you feed them, they will come...

Ever thought about how many stories about Jesus involved food? The most noted miracle in the Gospels (other than the Resurrection itself) was when Jesus fed the 5,000. Jesus knew that if you feed them, they will come (actually, in this case, it was "they will stay.") When offering people spiritual food, it helps to entice them with physical food as well.

Every culture has rituals concerning gathering to eat. In most places, an invitation to eat is an invitation to friendship. To some, sharing a meal is synonymous with forging an unbreakable bond, as if the parties are making a covenant with each other. Eating can be serious business.

The early church knew this principle well and used it to spread the Gospel.

Acts 2:46-47 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

If you feed them, they will come...

- Consider having someone over to dinner and sharing with them how God found you.

- Invite a family to church this week and then take them out for Mexican food after service. (It's cheap, and you can explain the concept of Good-God/Bad-Devil while referring to satan as "El Diablo" the whole time. Tons of fun, there!)

- Arrange to meet an old classmate for coffee and a muffin at Starbucks, then tell them how Jesus has transformed your life since high school/college/driver's ed/your sentence ended, etc. (Side benefit: You'll impress them. They'll think you must be loaded if you're spending $4 on a cup of joe and $3 on a muffin. Wow!)

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