The Gift of Hospitality
Hospitality is one of those gifts that was low on my spiritual gifts assessment. Not because I don’t love people. But because I am more focused on preparing a proper environment before inviting people in. I get a little stressed out (okay, a lot stressed out) when I know people are coming over. I go on an all-day cleaning spree the day before in order to make my home just right. After all, I cannot invite people in to a home that is less than perfect, right? But then I realize that I am striving for a perfection that will never be. And because I am in this place, I have a hard time “seeing” that God truly has gifted me with hospitality. It just looks different.
I have a heart for God’s people. I have a heart for His church. I love the people that come through the doors of Convergence House of Prayer, where I am not only privileged to sing, pray and minister, but privileged to serve on staff as an office administrator. Part of my job is to welcome people in, to follow up, answer their questions, point them to ministries and direct them to classrooms. I smile, I greet, I even serve food (gotta love those family Sunday food gatherings). Although all of this is part of my job profile as an admin, I never realized before that this is how God has gifted me with hospitality — to make His sheep feel welcome in His house.
Hospitality doesn’t always have to be the momma with the apron on, who has cooked for 6 hours, with the spotless kitchen, tidy home and unrealistically clean kids. It can be the momma who orders take out for her guests, who invites them out onto the back deck, while allowing the kids to run and play and get dirty. Or, you can be like me. The momma with the full time job who is called to greet others and make them feel welcome. We are all called to minister to those in need, whatever that need may be.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
No matter where we live or work, God has gifted each of us with a measure of hospitality. We encounter people on a daily basis. Whether it’s in our homes theirs, a coffee shop, our workplace or the grocery store , we are called to bring hospitality to others (the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers). We are called to bring the fragrance of Christ to others.
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