To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Sep 24, 2019 by Madison Simmons, Children's Minister


This month I have really enjoyed the sermons on Hospitality. I have been reading “The Gospel comes with a House Key” by Rosaria Butterfield who is an experienced expert in hospitality and how it brings people to God. She says so plainly: “We could barrack ourselves in the house, remind ourselves and our children that ‘evil company perverts’ and, like the good Pharisees that we are always poised to become, thank God that we are not like evil meth addicts.”

You see, we get tripped up; we’d rather wage war on people behind the comfort of a screen, and we rely on church programs to take care of the “creepy strangers” and bring to our tables the nice and “safe” ones. We need to get close enough to others so that we can put their hands into the hand of our Savior. I think of this passage in Luke 7:

36 A Jewish religious leader asked Jesus to his home for dinner. Jesus accepted the invitation. When he went, he took his place at the table.  37 In the neighborhood there was an immoral woman of the streets, known to all to be a prostitute. When she heard about Jesus being in Simon’s house, she took an exquisite flask made from alabaster, filled it with the most expensive perfume, went right into the home of the Jewish religious leader, and knelt at the feet of Jesus in front of all the guests. 38 Broken & weeping, she covered his feet with the tears that fell from her face. She kept crying & drying his feet with her long hair. Over & over she kissed Jesus’ feet. Then she opened her flask & anointed his feet with her costly perfume as an act of worship.  39 When Simon saw what was happening, he thought, “This man can’t be a true prophet. If he were really a prophet, he would know what kind of sinful woman is touching him.”

Jesus continues later in the story:  46” You didn’t take the time to anoint my head with fragrant oil, but she anointed my head & feet with the finest perfume. 47 She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.”

Are we living the type of hospitality the Pharisee in the story is living? A comfortable, “good” people only type of lifestyle? Or are we living out transparent, authentic faith focused on showing the lifestyle of Christ to all?

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