It's no secret that we are called to use each and every good gift the Father blesses us with to bless one another, and to do so without grumbling. In today's episode, we talk about how this ties into our call to be hospitable, and what that call actually entails.
True hospitality is about extending all that God has given us to other people. And the fact that God calls us to be hospitable automatically states that, "yes, this is important and this is what we need to do."
"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."
1 Peter 4:9-10 (NIV)
We are called to love our neighbour as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31), but how can we truly do that unless we are inviting them into our lives and hearts and homes, regardless of the mess and chaos that goes on in and around us on a constant basis?
Regardless of everything that our busy, busy culture says, it IS possible to be hospitable. But it does depend on the choices you make and what you choose to make a priority in your life. Making space for others in our lives will require sacrifice.
If you're introverted like Danielle, you may be wondering what the balance is between being hospitable and making time for self care. Honestly, we don't know what that looks like, because it varies person to person, season to season. We do know, however, that it is important to both take time away to rest and spend time alone with the Father, AND be flexible for when He brings others across our path. Plus, you never know just how you are going to be blessed and/or refreshed by welcoming others into your heart and home.
We read in Mark specifically that throughout Jesus time on Earth he would often withdraw to be alone with the Father, but all to often he would be sought out by his disciples, or by people who were in search for true hope and life. Never once did Jesus turn a single soul away. He always welcomed them, poured out into them, and gave them what their hearts were truly searching for. Beautiful, isn't it? And while we are called to be his Bride, to represent him here during this time, we simply need to make time to rest alone in His presence. And when that time is interrupted, whether by our children or spouse, by our parents or friends, or by that new family down the street who are in need of friends, trust that as we live true to our call to be hospitable, the Father will bless us with supernatural rest and strength. He continually pours out into us so that we can continually pour out into those around us.
"One Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees. He said to the man who had invited him, 'When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you."
Luke 14:1, 12-14
True hospitality is a desire to bless, as you have been blessed. We don’t show hospitality to others simply because we have a new recipe to show off, a home that feels clean, or even a desire to help someone out. Our hospitality should flow from a heart that desires to honor and bless the Lord.
by Kelly, The Nourishing Home
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