We plan, but God directs our steps. This is never truer, I have found, than in the area of hospitality.
My hope and plan is that A Helping of Hospitality will be a video series, Lord willing, and appear each Thursday. Today, the Lord had a different plan, and allowed lingering laryngitis to delay the video part, (and sickness to delay the making of the button) but we’ll begin, and we’ll see what happens next week!
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
Maybe my scratchy voice is part of God’s plan–it seems to emphasize the fact that He is in control.
Hospitality is not a new topic here at Faith’s Firm Foundation. I like to do a series or Hospitality Week at this time of year, because we seem to increase our “entertaining” exponentially now. Even people who never open their home any other time often show hospitality during the holidays, or they entertain. There is a difference. In A Helping of Hospitality, my desire is to go deeper than I have before, exploring what is true Christian Hospitality, while giving you tips and “helping” so that you (we all) can become more comfortable with practicing it.
Hospitality is a cyclical concept. There is no “beginning” for me to naturally start at, in talking about this subject. Unless, it’s the heart.
Our hearts. My heart. Does my heart care about the people that I am intending to invite into my home? Is God able to minister to their hearts through me? Do I bathe in prayer each event and seek God’s will?
This doesn’t mean that each time someone visits our home, it is a somber and “spiritual” time. Laughter is very comfortable in Jesus’ presence and complements the healing of hearts and accomplishing of spiritual work.
If we begin with preparing our hearts to minister and prayer to ask Him who to invite, and when, how and where, He will lead us, and our homes will become places where the transformational power of the Holy Spirit will be felt. Place the Lord first on your invite list. Watch what He will do. And stand back in praise and awe.
Come back each week for A Helping of Hospitality!
This series is complementary to my new series on Tuesdays, “Calm Heart, Organized Christmas“–I hope you’ll check it out!
Also, linking up with Experiencng the Heart of Koinonia, with Chelsey, today!
For further study and thought this week, here are some verses that we don’t usually think of as having any connection with hospitality, but they jumped out at me:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
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