The gift of hospitality is not one that I take lightly. I handle this gift with care and have been deliberate about how I choose to share it and careful to develop it in order to be of service to God, my family and friends, and community. Guided by the bible verse, Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2 NIV). My hands were created to serve.
Hospitality is uncomfortable for many individuals. It causes them to be vulnerable and possibly be judged. For example, if a person is not a great housekeeper or not a terrific cook, they may fail to be hospitable to others for fear of being ridiculed. But once we realize that any time or opportunity that we take to step out of our comfort zones, there is a blessing awaiting us on the other side. So, if one is not a talented cook or does not keep an immaculately clean home, then that should not stop them from inviting guests over. Hire a housekeeper or cleaning staff for the day to ensure that the home is clean and inviting. Or if one struggles with cooking, then they can always call up their favorite restaurant and order a great meal. When is comes to entertaining, usually simple is best! Simple decor and a simple meal allow for a great time!From your hands come love which can be translated into a tasty meal or a clean welcoming enviornment.
I’ve often heard of people complaining that their homes are not large enough to entertain. Well, I’ve got news for you. In most cases people don’t want to spend time with your home, they want to spend time with you. If you have a small home, simply do not invite large groups of people over at one time. Plan an intimate time for coffee, lunch, or h’orderves. It’s not about the size of the event, but rather making guests feel welcome and making them feel like they’re important to you. Essentially, it is all about the quality time that is spent.
Which brings me to the issue of time. As follower’s of Christ we are called to serve one another. This means that we must set aside time or in some cases make time to serve those who we love, whether they be close friends or strangers. We make time for everything else in life, why is it difficult to make time to spend with and serve others. How many times have you had a bad day and simply wished that someone would invite you over for a warm meal or simply out for coffee so that you could be in the fellowship of others and not at home feeling sorry for yourself? I can raise my hand and attest to that! Hospitality is about servanthood! It is our call to put ourselves aside and serve others. Romans 12:13 (NIV) states, Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Some complain that hospitality costs a lot of time and money. Being hospitable does not mean that you have to prepare a 5 course home cooked meal for 5-10 guests. You can host a game night with desserts. Or even invite others over for soup and tea! Great hosts and hostesses are often creative in planning events. In addition to that, you cannot afford to be inhospitable! Why? Because hospitality is required of each of us and helps us become better friends, better servants, better individuals, and better Christians. The next time you dread being hospitable and inviting people over or complain that you simply cannot make time or have enough money to have other over think on this:
Hospitality is one of the most practical ways to express the love of Christ
Hospitality reflects the hospitable heart of God
Hospitality is a great way to build unity and community with others
The bible promises rewards for those who are hospitable
Hospitality is one of the most effective ways to show God’s love to non-believers
Hospitality may help you deal with your own loneliness
Hospitality will help you become less selfish
Hospitality will help you illustrate how much you value your friendships and interaction with others
Hospitality is a great way to cultivate a passion for ministry and servanthood
I hope that you enjoy this journey that we’ll take together exploring recipes, entertaining and housekeeping ideas, and great products, but I also pray that you’re blessed through this and that you become a better servant of others, using your hands and His spirit to guide you along the way.
With a Servant’s Heart (and Hands),
The Ebullient Epicurean