Simple Hospitality

We need to open our homes. We need to show the world God’s love in action. So often we take the Martha attitude instead of the Mary attitude.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:39-42

I want to sit at His feet. To choose what is better. Did you hear what Jesus said? “and it will not be taken from her.”

Things are taken from us.

We are so busy trying to make things look just so, and have people see a perception of us.  I used to be that way. I would spend a lot of time prepping my home for guests, wanting things to be just so. Preparing recipes that were impressive was also part of it. And If Pinterest doesn’t make this worse, doesn’t it?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest and all of the great ideas.  However, doesn’t it start to make us feel like we need to focus on material things?

I have been transforming my views of my home.  I want people to stop over uninvited and see what my home looks like at any moment of the day. That is real.  That is authentic. If I wait for my house to be clean, it won’t be. I’ve got six people living in this house, and four of them are children.  That are home. All day.  Being kids. Being creative. Making messes. 

I must embrace this life the Lord has given me!
May I never let crumbs on the floor or laundry piles 
get in the way of someone coming over and meeting the Lord.  
Because ultimately, I want my home to be a place where they can meet Him.  Where they feel His love.

Simple hospitality is more about the love that permeates your home than about the material atmosphere.  The right furniture or decor is nice, and so are the best recipes or food. Yet, it does not matter in the end, if that is all someone is fed in your home.  No, they must be fed His love. His light.  Him.

I want my home to be open and inviting. I want to love all people like I am commanded in scripture. Love my neighbors.

Having less stuff in my home, means more time to do things. To pursue people and not things.

So practice hospitality in your homes. Simple hospitality.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner to make someone feel welcomed. Your love of Him and of people will be worth more than all of that.

Welcome friends and neighbors in whether the house is clean, the fridge is full, or the kids are even at their best. Just welcome them in.  Open your heart and open your home.


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