March 15, Sunday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought is a reprint of Kate Moon’s blog originally posted on May 4, 2014.  Kate continues to serve the Lord in E. Asia. 

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Hospitality”

Titus 1:8

“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.” 

“I wonder if I’m spending too much time doing housework…”  The other day while I was assessing how I’d been managing my time, this thought came to mind, which was then quickly followed by a second: “Is there anyone who doesn’t feel they could be spending less time on housework?” ☺

Cooking, washing dishes, keeping the house clean.  Sometimes I feel not much different from the college student who has left home for the first time and discovered that laundry does not do itself.  Raised like many Asian children by parents who did everything so the children could focus on their studies, 20+ years after having graduated, it sometimes still feels like a surprise to me that I have to set aside time in the day to take care of the daily, more mundane tasks in life.  

At least the college student still has the cafeteria.  The recent graduate discovers that finding a way to feed herself has been added to the list of things to do, whether it means finding good take-out places or actually making the time to go grocery shopping, cook and clean up afterwards, especially if she wants to eat at home.  Yet these are the things that come with the territory if one wants to have people over.

Being hospitable.  After I moved to an area where many churches met in homes rather than large public spaces, I came to a new understanding of why Paul would mention this as being an important aspect of eldership.  In those days, church-plants would have needed a place to meet. If no one else was willing to open up their home, at the very least the elder should be willing. In establishing and building community, what could be more important than the hospitality and welcoming heart of the host?  

In today’s increasingly disconnected society where knowing our neighbors’ names is an anomaly, perhaps this passage can refresh our hearts to be more hospitable.  When was the last time we had someone over for a meal?

Exercising hospitality could also include welcoming a newcomer at church or making the effort to get to know a new colleague at work by taking them out for a meal.  At its heart, it’s just having the eyes to see the outsiders around us and reaching out to them in love. Shall we give it a try today?  

Prayer: Lord, help me to be more hospital, especially toward those who are in great needs.  As the present global health crisis necessarily needs to encourage distancing ourselves from others, let us not cease to be hospital while exercising caution.   Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 47