Hunger & Hospitality
A Kindred Story by Cassandra Speer
Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. - 1 Peter 4:9-10, CSB
I like to refer to our home as The Haven. It is a gift from God! When we moved to Oklahoma my husband and I agreed it would be our family’s mission to make our new home a safe place to land. We wanted to create a space that made people feel welcomed and wanted. We committed to inviting people in, but what does that look like in this season of life?
As a mother of three tiny humans, our home is rarely spotless. Let’s be real, toddlers have accidents and laundry piles up. Our budget is tight, but I’m a firm believer that if you have enough to spare you have enough to share. Thankfully, hospitality isn’t about having a neat and tidy home or fancy meals. It’s far more important to have a decluttered heart and a willingness to meet a need. It’s about connection, not perfection.
Jesus sat with the scandalous, the rejected and the religious. Hospitality isn’t reserved solely for our close friends and family. It can look like inviting an overwhelmed mother over for coffee, offering your washing machine to someone who needs clean clothes or bringing a meal to someone you hardly know.
Hospitality isn’t just about food. It’s about seeing a need and meeting it. We’re all hungry for something that this earth cannot satisfy. We crave acceptance and desire to be loved. When you open your home to others, you’re opening your heart to them. When we open our hearts to others, we invite them to share their lives and hearts with us. This gives us the opportunity to share not only the tangible gifts we’ve been given but also the eternal hope we have in Christ.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
- Romans 12:13, NIV
You don’t need a Pinterest worthy home to offer hospitality. You just need to be willing to share what you do have! That might look like acts of service or simply offering your time. Start somewhere and serve someone. One act of hospitality could change someone’s life, possibly their eternity.
Ask the Lord to reveal someone to you that could benefit from your hospitality. Pray for Him to grant you wisdom in how to best serve them!
Have you experienced genuine hospitality in the past? Did it impact your life? If so, contact that person and let them know you appreciate them.