As you have been following this blog, you may remember my conviction that I consider my Christian life to be influenced and exercised more through a small group environment than any other ministry I have been involved in.
Whether we have been involved in the conventional Sunday School group or the more open and relaxed, real life home fellowship/cell group, small groups of believers getting together to share life has always resonated with us.
We have hosted groups in our home, and it is evident that my wife has the gift of hospitality. She loves to share and open her home.
Given our propensity to small groups, when ever I find a book that supplies encouragement in this area, I pick it up. Recently I finished the little book “Community in Life” by Dustin Willis. During my reading, I found a description of hospitality that I would like to share with you.
This excerpt is attributed to Jen Wilkin.
Entertaining vs Practicing Hospitality
- Entertaining is always thinking about the next course. Hospitality burns the rolls because it was listening to a story
- Entertaining obsesses over what went wrong. Hospitality savors what was shared.
- Entertaining, exhausted, says, “It was nothing, really!” Hospitality thinks it was nothing. Really.
- Entertaining seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless.
I especially like the first point, since our schedules are sometimes fairly erratic and we simply end up pulling paper plates out and buying pizzas.
In summary, we need to remember the gospel is our license to be free to bless those around us. We cannot do that without being involved in others lives and one of the best ways to know another is to invite them into your home.
The book is a very good treatment on the importance of small groups, and in this society of fear and dread, where we are told to restrict social interaction, the church needs to recognize her need to be intently fellowshipping with like minded folks to worship and honor the Messiah, and to serve one another.
If any who are reading this and have found what I am describing, please let me know. If any are hungry for church life that “connects”, that is living and breathing, reach out. Others may be able to help you.
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