Friday, November 14, 2008

The Lost Art of Hospitality

My mom always told me that your house is never the same after you've had guests fill the rooms with precious and pleasant memories.  It's as if your home absorbs the love and fellowship that was contained inside its walls.

My parents taught me, and I have proven over the years, that it doesn't matter how big or small your house is, it doesn't matter what you serve (as long as you serve something), and it doesn't matter how "together" you have it, invite people over!!!

Romans 12.13 says to pursue the practice of hospitality.  In 1 Timothy 3.2 and Titus 1.8, we see that leaders in the Church should be ...given to hospitality.   1 Peter 4.9 tells us to practice hospitality to one another...

Hospitality virtually means to be fond of guests, given to (lover of, use) hospitality.  

Make it a practice to have guests over and fill your home with precious priceless memories. People need encouragement.  Some of our most amazing fellowship times were with people we would meet at Church and then just invite over with several other couples and have a potluck or simple dinner followed by fellowship where we could talk about the things of God and encourage each other.  With everyone's busy schedules, together with an isolationist attitude enhanced by working so hard that you just desire "down" time, we have neglected several important commands in Scripture, as well as the importance of just getting together with others.

Challenge:  Make it a point to invite a few couples over for a casual get together!  Invite a few couples you normally don't hang around with -- maybe people you've seen at Church that don't seem to know anyone or people that look around the same age...  You will be AMAZED at the countless blessings that will come your way when you open your heart and home to others!

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