Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Offering Hospitality - Defined

by Carrie


We have appreciated the comments that you all have left on our initial posting, telling us what you perceive hospitality to be. We're thinking through your responses and working on some posts related to your remarks.

As we've mentioned, this site is interactive. It has to be or else it is rather useless. The point of it is to encourage one another and to build each other up to learn how to exercise our individual gifting for the blessing and benefit of others.

I, Carrie, along with my sister-in-law, Jennifer, are hashing out our vision for the site but wanted to launch anyway because feedback and discussion is going to be a main staple around here! So I hope you are choosing to 'follow' and/or track with us with the individual goal of challenging yourselves to work on your own areas of gifting so that you can reach out to others in ways that you might have found to be a stretch before.

Only one thing is certain and settled on and that is the scripture verses we are holding to which express the idea that offering hospitality to others is not an option as a Christian. Rather, it is something we are expressly told to do:

1 Peter 4:9 - Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Romans 12:13 - Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
So, it doesn't seem to be an option but there is variety in the way that individuals can express it:

1 Peter 4:10 - Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms
We're none of us exempt, but we're called in different ways. So this site will exist for the following reasons:

1. To explore the ways which one might be hospitable, according to individual strengths and gifting;

2. To encourage you to understand your gift and use it well for the benefit and blessings of others, and for the glory of God; and

3. To challenge you to follow through with the things you have learned.

Rest assured - we'll be challenging ourselves as well.

We hope to include YOUR feedback, as well as guest posters on the topic. The more you comment and dialogue with us on the topic, the more we will all grow and benefit.

Our ultimate desire is to learn how to be more like Christ through our lives.

We do hope you'll join with us and spread the word. In this case- the more the merrier!

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4 comments:

  1. I stink at hospitality. Like royally. I'll welcome any and all conviction...er...encouragement to persevere...

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  2. I think of hospitality as having people in my home. My two biggest hurdles to having people over is my house in chaos and being tired from chasing little people all day. But those aren't any excuses for not obeying God's command, are they?

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  3. i'm gonna paraphrase an encouraging story from one of Karen Mains' books on hospitality; she was a pastor's wife in an inner city church, back in the late 60s, early 70s: ( i can't find the book anymore!)

    After her latest birth, Karen was muddling about in the usual way with the new baby, toddler, etc. Mid-day, some of the church ladies stopped by with a meal for the Mains'. She answered the door in her nightgown and bathrobe, with baby in arms, toddler hanging on her legs, house askew. [We moms have been there, eh?]

    She said she had to swallow her pride, and invited the ladies in. The ladies looked around, somewhat shocked. [WHY WERE THEY SHOCKED??]

    Their comment:

    "We used to think you were perfect, but now i think we can be friends!"

    may we each swallow our pride, throw off perfectionism, and just be friendly. People come to see US, not our house.

    tmu

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  4. P.S. By the comment above, i DON'T mean we shouldn't try to keep our houses tidy and attractive, in order to be welcoming. I just mean that a messy house should not hold us back from offering refuge to someone who needs it. People are more important than the venue.

    tmu

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