Advent Day 18
The Language of Culture
Passage Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:20
We drove through the Bet Netofa Valley to Zippori, an incredible archaeological site nearby Nazareth. There we discussed the language of culture and Jesus' ability as a master teacher to reach everyone in His midst, whether they knew the Text or not. While it is fine for us to hang out with people from the same culture and backgrounds (and it is normal because we all like to find a community who understands us), meeting new people from a different country or culture allows us to open up, build new friendships, understand the backgrounds that shape their lives. Understanding the language of culture is important in closing the gaps/barriers that we may have, be it religion, culture, language, or location.
Having people together over meals is one of the most powerful tool to build relationships. Food is a universal language and there is something about mealtimes that allow us to open up to each other. The Bible references Jesus eating with people from all walks of life and good things came out of it. Even mealtimes within our own family is usually the fun time of the day.
What are your experiences with mealtimes?