7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
— Romans 14:7-9 ESV


Paul starts and ends the this passage asking the question “why do you pass judgement on your brother?” Specifically in verses 7-9 He says “if we live” or “if we die” that “we are the Lord’s.” Our walk with Christ does not affect our seat at the table. He has made a seat for each of us and He doesn’t take it away from us because we “messed up” or reconnected with old habits. We are His. And I think this is where Paul wants is speaking to us to see our brothers and sisters from that vantage point. 

This matters to us because we are constantly around people. People fill our classes, our dining halls, our families and our daily life. We are constantly surrounded by our brothers and sisters. Some were raised differently; others college experiences are different; and Paul uses the example that some even eat differently than us. But we all have one thing in common. That we are all His. It doesn't matter where we come from or the meal that is in front of us what matters is that we are all have a seat at His table with Him.

We don’t simply get to take our seat at the table and then judge the ones sitting around us. We get to sit at the table and look around with His lens— a lens of love. He loves us because He loves us. And we get to love others because He loves us. So my challenge for you is to look at the people in your life who are hardest for you to love. Whether that is a roommate who was raised differently or a professor who gave you a bad grade or that woman at the grocery store who seems to always be angry — view them as His.Ask Him to reveal to you how He sees them. 

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God, I thank you for who you are. Thank you that each of us—no matter where we are— are yours. You know us and you love us. God, I ask that you would give us the grace to see the ones around you at your table with you. God would you come and give us a new perspective of your children and our siblings in Christ. 

- Gibs