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Daily Devotional: Hospitality (Day 7)

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Key Scripture

“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.” Romans 12:13 Living Bible (TLB)

Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

HospitalityDay 7

If you study the New Testament, you will encounter many occasions when Jesus sat down to have a meal with His followers. He fed the 5,000 with just a loaf of bread and a few fish, he prepared a meal for his disciples when they were hungry from fishing all night, he shared a last meal with them before his crucifixion and then made himself know to them in the breaking of bread after his resurrection. He shared meals with his family, his friends, his followers and with tax collectors and sinners. I suspect there was a great deal of sharing, of teaching and of learning that happened at those meals.

The “table” is synonymous with hospitality…it is where we most commonly share with each other. In her book Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, theologian Christine Pohl has observed, “A shared meal is the activity most closely tied to the reality of God’s kingdom, just as it is the most basic expression of hospitality.” By reaching out to a stranger and offering to share a meal, you’re showing the love and kindness of our Savior. We never know the obstacles a person overcame just to be sitting in church with us, and thus, how our kindness can point them to the Savior. A dinner invitation with a smile can be just the thing someone needs to have the courage to come back next Sunday.

Invite someone out for a burger or a coffee. Laugh with them, enjoy their company and really listen to what is on their mind and heart. Be open and vulnerable and tell people what Jesus is doing in your life and family. The “table” has a way of breaking down barriers between people. ‘Consider this quote from Bri McKoy ;”The spoon is the most unrecognized microphone. Give someone a spoon and they will share their story and their heart.”

Today’s Prayer

The table is…
A place of connection- – let us enjoy the art of a sharing a meal around the table with those we love and care about, especially those who are in our lives but are far from God
A place of blessing– let us see the table as a place to remember the blessings of God our Father and let us give to others what God has given to us. We are blessed when we share our bounty in the same manner as they are blessed by receiving it.
A place of brokenness–let us see the table as a place where broken sinners can find a place of belonging and fellowship
A place of giving–let us remember that we, as Christians, are given to the world to represent Him & let us participate in His mission by announcing and embodying the love of God in Christ.

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.