As the mother of four children, the idea of taking a family photograph is met with mixed emotions, to say the least. The last time we had a professional photograph taken was when we still lived in the country of Jordan and our youngest was a baby so probably 14 years ago. As our children grew and discovered their individuality, gathering together and saying, “jibni” (the Arabic word for cheese), became less and less appealing.
In fact, one of the last times we were all together, I declared that I didn’t care what anyone was wearing or even if their hair was standing on end, I I would like a photo of all of us together… IF we could be happy doing it. If there was any stress whatsoever, I would simply rather not.
Now, I’ve cast those I love most dearly in a pretty negative light. I’m confident that although imperfect, we are perfectly normal. Rather it was simply the scenario that came to my mind when I read the following excerpt from an article on church hospitality.
1 Peter 4:8–9 says, “Above all hold unfailing your love for one another since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.”
Ungrudgingly! That means, be the kind of people who do it and like to do it! In other words, the command to be hospitable is not just a command to do something. It is not just a command that can be legalistically fulfilled with a quota of guests. It is a command to be a certain kind of person, namely, the kind that doesn’t resent having to be hospitable. The kind of person who doesn’t look at the extra dishes and bedding and bother—and grumble. “Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.” Without murmuring. As the next verse (4:10) implies, let your hospitality be an extension or an overflow of God’s hospitality to you. Be a good steward of God’s grace.
We’ve been thinking a lot about guest services lately. And when we say, guest services, we mean how we serve guests… from the moment they drive into the parking lot to how we help them navigate the labyrinth of ministries for their children to blessing them as they leave… and everything in between… just as we would a guest in our own home.
Have you personally experienced God’s hospitality? You are invited to honor Him as a steward of grace. Join us on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00-6:00 in the Atrium to learn more about how you can get involved.
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2201 Old Higbee Mill Road
Lexington, Kentucky, 40514