“The Unseen Guest at Every Meal” (Hebrews 4:13)

When we were married, my wife brought several pieces of artwork and a plaque with the following anonymous quotation.


“Christ is the head of the home, the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.”


Appropriately, it hangs on the wall next to our kitchen dining table. Inappropriately, I have often ignored this invitation and solemn reminder. Terrible arguments have arisen around this dining table. During these shameful  episodes, only rarely would I lift my eyes long enough to gaze upon this plaque. And if I did, I would angrily dismiss the message, justifying my actions with my selfish pride.


And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13 (ESV)


I hide behind many veils, but the one that hides most of my many sins is my pride. Before God, I am exposed and I will give an account of all my actions to Him when I face Him in Heaven. My life should be lived with the knowledge that He sees and knows everything about me. But even placing the words in front of my face is sometimes not enough.


What hope is there for me? Thanks be to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has rescued me from this morass of sin. He has given me His Holy Spirit to indwell within me. My many veils of sinful pride have often quenched His work in my life. I need to continue to humble myself, confess and repent of my sins, and surrender my will to Jesus rather than seeking to justify my sins with other sins.


Is Jesus the unseen guest at every meal and meeting in your life?


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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