When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13 NLT)
#4. BE EAGER: READY TO HELP – PRACTICE HOSPITALITY
When you are having brand new guests over for dinner you make a big deal out of it. You pull out the best plates and glasses. You clean the house a bit. You make sure your under wear aren’t lying around on the kitchen floor. You tell the kids to be on the their best behavior. You bribe them with toys ;-)
And when your guests arrive at the front door and ring the door bell, you aren’t like what the heck are these people doing, I’m not getting up just to open the door, unreal. Hey, You don’t know how to open a door, seriously.
When you open the door, you aren’t like, “Oh its you. Well, come in I guess.” If they bring over a food item, you aren’t like, “that looks disgusting, keep that outside.” And you spouse is like, “oh honey no, don’t put it outside, the dog might try to eat it.” “You’re right, he might throw up if even looks at it.”
You are still in your underwear. “Hey guys, just clear off that couch over there, I’m going to watch a move in my bedroom” and you go an walk into another room to sit and watch tv by yourself. Your spouse calls out from the kitchen, “hey would you guys mind fixing yourselves a bowl of cereal, we didn’t have time to put anything together.”
YOU WOULDN’T DO THIS AT HOME TO FIRST TIME GUESTS AND YET THIS IS HOW WE ACT SOMETIMES AT CHURCH…like we are so inconvenienced by the presence of those who don’t know Jesus or are new to the church scene.
A CHURCH ON SUNDAY IS A LIKE A FAMILY HAVING GUESTS OVER. And we aren’t just serving up any old food, we are serving up the bread of life, samples of the Savior, the Lunch that lives for ever, the Meal that never dies! WE ARE LIKE A FAMILY EXPECTING GUESTS! And how do you act when guests come over your house?
WE BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME IN OUR HOUSE! That’s what we want to do in God’s House, make people feel welcome!
Everything we do here at The Dialogue Church is with the first time guest in mind! We open doors for our guests, we clean the building, we make sure the restrooms smell nice, and we have adequate signage so people know where they are going. We need to provide more parking, so that’s not a hassle for our guests.
When my oldest daughter was about 2 years old she WOULD MAKE A BIG MESS WHENEVER SHE ATE. I’m talking mashed carrots in her hair, up her nose, in her ears! I swear she got more food outside of her mouth than actually in her mouth. But we loved her nonetheless! I don’t care how messy she gets, I love her and want to bless her!
THIS IS HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT YOU & ME AND EVERY SINGLE OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET, regardless of their background.
And we are called to reach everybody, not just the people who have it all together!
CHURCH GETS MESSY WHEN YOU A REACHING PEOPLE FAR FROM GOD. CHURCH IS MESSY WHEN YOU BUILD A CHURCH THAT UNCHURCHED PEOPLE LIKE TO ATTEND.
When you are reaching people, they bring their messes with them. If you don’t want any messes in your church, then don’t reach any people and you’ll be fine. AND NOT EVERYBODY IS COMFORTABLE WITH THE MESS! Thank God Jesus is!
A REAL CHURCH IS MESSY BECAUSE A REAL CHURCH IS REACHING REAL PEOPLE. AND REAL PEOPLE ARE REALLY MESSY. If you don’t like messes then won’t like churches reaching people for Christ.
JESUS was ATTRACTED MESSY PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY WERE BLESSED BY HIM. DO PEOPLE FEEL BLESSED WHEN THEY ARE AROUND YOU? DO PEOPLE FEEL ENCOURAGED AND BUILT UP WHEN THEY ARE AROUND YOU? Or do they walk away feeling like a dump truck of negativity and disappointment was just unloaded on them? Do they feel like they need to go take a shower after you heaped guilt and condemnation on them?
When we are eager to help people in their times of need it’s opens up opportunities to share God’s love like never before! So pray, God open my eyes to the opportunities all around to help people who are far from you and to practice hospitality in God’s house!
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