So if you are a newbie at hospitality, you are probably wondering how to get started.
Nancy Leigh Demoss has some excellent advice in this area. She says "First of all, let me suggest that you take time, if you've never done this, to dedicate your house to the Lord. Dedicate your house to the Lord and ask Him to make it a home that's used for Him.
The house is just going to be brick, stones, mortar, wood--until you put it into the Lord's hands and say, "Lord, would You transform this into something that will be an instrument of blessing and grace in the lives of other people."
My home is not my home. It doesn't belong to me. Ultimately, everything I have, including my house belongs to the Lord. It's His anyway, so when I dedicate it to Him, I'm just saying, "Lord, I'm consecrating to You what is already Yours."
Second, pray for opportunities to minister to people in your home. And pray for God to give you wisdom and direction about which opportunities He wants you to take. And then, plan on your calendar, a time to extend hospitality, maybe just one time for starters.
And get together, now don't do this without your husband's input and agreement because you don't want to pick a time that's going to be a pressure for him.
But say, as a family, "When would be a time we could open our home?" Maybe it's next Sunday or three Sundays from now if you feel like you need that much time to prepare. But after church, we'll have a family over for lunch or we'll have a single or a widow in our church to join us for lunch.
And, some of you may not feel the freedom to be real spontaneous about this just at first--and that's okay. You'll develop that as you do it.
But plan. Put it on the calendar. And then, as you do it once, put another time on the calendar. And say, it may be that you begin to put a regular time, maybe Saturday evenings become the time that you open your home to different families or one Saturday evening a month or one Sunday evening a month.
It is far better to have a little home, a simple meal, simple preparations but to really connect to the hearts of the people who are in your home.
So, don't compare with how someone else does it. We're at different seasons of life, and there are things that you can do if your children are grown that you can't do the same way if you have lots of little children.
And so the Scripture says, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another...Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality" (Rom. 12:10-13, NKJV).
What an opportunity hospitality provides for all of us, to express to our lonely, fearful, needy world the love, the heart of God Himself."
(Please again note, that most of this is not my words. They were taken from a transcript from Nancy's "Revive Our Hearts Program and edited down to a more condensed version)
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