Finding Fellowship: Preparing, Cooking & Cleaning

by Jonathan Bailey

John 21:12-14
“12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.”

We have lost something in our technology-driven culture. Time is moving fast (so it appears). We must find a way to slow it down. One thing that I believe is central to the Jesus Way is building times of fellowship into our heavily-scheduled lives. This is what I think we have lost: fellowship with our spouses, friends, neighbors, and yes even the one we call Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus was really into fellowship, think of all the parties, meals, festivals, long walks and my personal favorite is when He cooks breakfast for His disciples on the Sea of Galilee after an early morning of fishing. If Jesus was doing it; we should be doing it. Right? This is what we now have to construct into our daily, weekly and monthly schedules. This may mean that we miss out on some must see TV, but who cares “TIVO” it! The main thing to understand about fellowship, is that It does not happen automatically anymore. This is something we have to fight for.

It is extremely easy to come home after a long day of work, watching the kids, school, etc and plop down on the couch and throw in an oven pizza and checkout for the rest of the evening. There’s no fellowship between you and your spouse or roommate. As a substitute fellowship is replaced with information. We exchange the days information and then we are done (much like a text message). This is something that I do on a regular basis and I am trying to break myself out of this way of life. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is good to “veg-out” and eat a quick bite to eat. I have no beef with this. However, if this becomes a nightly routine and the TV is constantly zapping your brain then you may want to take action! One discipline that Kori and I are trying to keep in our weekly routine is Cooking a meal together. I got this idea from Eugene Peterson’s book “Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.”

So our experiment this week is for you and your spouse, or roommate to prepare, cook and clean a homemade meal.

Experiment 005: Preparing, Cooking & Cleaning – Finding Fellowship in our Busy Lives.

I would suggest that you both sit down at the computer and go to foodnetwork.com. They have hundreds of great recipes that you can download right to your computer. Once you have both picked one out you both should journey to your local grocer and gather the ingredients. Remember it is important that you complete all three stages of the process together. You don’t want to “sub-out” any of the stages to each other; do them together. It could end up taking you 1-2 hours so plan accordingly. I promise that you will not be disappointed when you are finished. You will have enjoyed the meal and especially the time just talking and laughing with each other. You will have done much more than exchanged information, you will have had a beautiful time of fellowship. And for about 2 hours, time will have come to slow walk and you will have been able to savor every minute of life.

Please share your recipes if you have some good ones! I love you all!

Seek the Kingdom,
Jon

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