Friday, November 4, 2016

Preparing our Hearts for Hospitality



Hospitality is about relationships. It is about opening your heart & home to those in your church, your neighborhood, and to the hurting.

In all that we do, our hearts, actions, and motives must give God glory.   Biblical hospitality requires our hearts to walk humbly before our Lord.

Hospitality is not to impress others with our homes.  It is having a humble heart that is willing to reach out to others and serve them.

 When you entertain, usually you cook an elaborate meal and each guest may group up in small groups. The hostess feels the need to provide entertainment.  It can become self- seeking while trying to make an impression.

Biblical hospitality is when you prepare your heart.  Praying for the sisters in your church, praying for an elderly neighbor who is lonely,  the poor, the lost and inviting them to your home for a luncheon are your prayers in action.

 What better way of preparing your heart to serve others, by serving your family first with your best.

 Christ was the good Shepard who served others.  Not only to those who are blessed but to the hurting, the poor and to the lost.

Luke 14: 12-14  When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee.  13. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  14. And thou shalt be blessed.

I would love to hear from you,
Teresa


2 comments:

  1. Do you think this verse means that we shouldn't invite our friends for supper?
    Just wondering your take on it.
    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. No I don't believe it means that. Luke Chapter 14: 7-14; Jesus is teaching on humility. Not to bring in those who will exalt you. Matthew Henry Commentary says " He occasions to reprove the master of the feast for inviting so many rich people, when he should rather have invited the poor or sick and hurting and don't make a common custom of it nor be proud of it." Serving others with a humble heart, giving all glory to the Lord.

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