13 When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.
Life Application Study Bible lists this footnote:
“Christain hospitaility differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host-the home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests. Their needs-whether for a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or acceptance-are the primary concern. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can happen while the host and guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because your too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.”
A while ago, someone spoke something to me and hurt my heart. They didnt mean to but they were so focused on there agenda that they failed to ask questions or even just really look at me and what was going on at the time. The focus really wasnt about me but what they thought. Have you ever had this happen? I think it correlates with Mary and Martha and true hospitality. Are you focused on appearance or on Jesus?
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. 39 Her sister Mary sat on the floor, listening to Jesus as he talked.
40 But Martha was the jittery type and was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing.
And then I remembered my parents. They were not exactly a pristine household. They had five kids after all. Chipped dishes, a messy house and yelling while playing cards was the norm. Yet everyone loved to come to “The Rockwell Home”. To have a cup of bad coffee and some of my mom’s famous pecan pie. Or my Dad’s steak and mushrooms. Not fancy, just a place they could hang-out. Do you know why? Because they made it about other people. Everything else didn’t matter.
I have a friend who is awesome at hosting! She knows what the difference is and I feel so welcome to come throw myself on her couch, chunk my shoes across the room, and I talk her ear off about raising my kids. She’s a perfect example opening her heart and her home. Are you?
My charge to you and me is to take to heart the quotes and notes from the Application footnotes and be a host. A true host. Open up your home and heart to others. Who are you inviting into your world and blessing. Are you too busy with your own agenda and life to notice someone elses need? Are you so focused on getting your point across you fail to see the true pain in the others eyes when your “telling them” your encouragement? Are you a Mary or Martha? An Entertainer or a Host?