As a kid, I never ate “supper” by myself. My brother and I played sports “year around” which meant the rest of the family would often have eaten by the time he and I would sit down together for “supper”. My last two years of high school, my brother had graduated with the prospects of me eating by myself. Yet, I never ate “supper” by myself. Mom would have warmed up dinner and either her and/or my dad sat down with me. It was always a cherished time of talking about my day as well as theirs. To this very day, the word “supper” has a special, intimate meaning in my life. “Supping” means family to me.
There is a very intimate verse found in Revelation 3:20 (KJV), “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Jesus never wants us going through the day without Him “supping” with each of us. That means He wants to spend quality time loving you and being loved by you.
Christ cannot stand a short order meal with you eating alone by yourself. Typically, “short order” infers quickness. You grab the bag, pull out the goodies and swallow food whole gulping down beverages with a mobile phone on “hands free” which determines what the world and your relationships look like. Usually, there is no interaction with another human real time.
1 John 1:7 describes a precious time supping (fellowshipping) with God. “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” When you “walk in the light” you get to hangout with Jesus. In the process, He cleanses as you are in His presence. Hey, don’t rush…you are “supping” with Jesus! “Be still and know that I am your God” (Psalm 46:10).
In the Bible times, “supping” meant that everyone reclined on the floor enjoying fellowship with one another. Many of the intimate times of teaching and discussing the meaning of life were with disciples at “suppertime”. In fact, the “Last Supper” was a time of communion, the bread and the wine served at supper. Even today, we are commissioned to serve this meal frequently with the bread and the wine reflecting the body and blood of Jesus. It is called communion to be shared with your “brothers and sisters”…take your time reflecting on the amazing salvation that we experience.
Supping is practicing the presence of Jesus in an intimate setting. Look what happens when you take your time focused on “supping” with Him. “16 Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away (He is right there in front of you). 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:16-18).
Practice His presence, supping with Him daily. You will be transformed!