“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…”
1 Pet 4:8-10
One of my favorite fruits of home management is how much more natural it can be to show hospitality to others. (Click here for some of my previous thoughts on home management.) I have been challenged and convicted about hospitality and opening up our home and our lives for others. Hospitality is such a real way of loving others and letting them know you better by being in your home.
I absolutely love this verse in 1st Peter. Love one another earnestly, show hospitality without grumbling, use the gifts God has given you! Loving others, showing hospitality, using your gifts – none are optional. But don’t be intimidated! Showing hospitality doesn’t have to be a 3 course meal in a Martha Stewart decorated home. It can be cheese and crackers on a blanket in the front yard! This verse provides commands, but according to our gifts hospitality and loving others can look really different. We each have different gifts and we are called to use them to God’s glory.
Some are gifted in cooking, others in creating a fun, entertaining atmosphere, others have gifts of decorating and others have gifts of creativity. Use your gifts to honor Jesus! However, if you don’t feel that baking or cleaning is one of your gifts, it doesn’t mean that you can’t grow in these areas. If you have a desire, I encourage you to cultivate these! Four years ago, I never knew I would be able to cook meals or bake yumminess, much less keep a clean house or decorate. (Heck – 9 months ago I felt like I was a decorating mess! And yes… most of the walls in our house are still empty:) But that’s another story…) I desire to honor God in my home with growing in serving my husband and in hospitality and so I spent a lot of time, effort and energy learning from wiser women and making a lot of mistakes:)
Above all else- hospitality is an attitude of the heart. Let the gospel fully permeate your view of hospitality. It’s not about cleaning up your life well so people will think highly of you. It’s about letting people in. Allowing people to know the real you – the sinful you bought by the blood of Jesus, who is continually sanctifying you – so that they feel freedom to open up and be the real them as well. Let your house be the beginning platform for that. Let people into your home and into your life. You – as well as the people you show hospitality to – will be dually blessed!