Hospitality and the Great Commission

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families to remember the many blessings in our lives. We invite family and friends into our homes for a special meal. We create a warm and welcoming environment and openly share what we are thankful for. It is also a wonderful time to share what Christ personally has done for us.

But we can open our homes and invite others to join us throughout the year as a way to share the Gospel. Each of us have a network of relationships within our families, our jobs, our neighbors, our schools, and our social networks that create countless opportunities to begin spiritual conversations. God desires to reach into the lives of those who are close to us, so that they, too, may be brought into His forever family.

When we invite others into our homes, we show people the effect of the Gospel. Our homes don’t have to be perfect, and we don’t have to be flawless. But when others enter our living rooms, they see first hand how the Gospel affects our marriage, our jobs, our parenting, and much more.

So how do you begin? Simply, start with people you know. Invite a few friends to a dinner party, a co-worker for a cup of coffee, or some neighbors to join you for a small group Bible study in your home. Be open and real. Share your story, and listen to their stories. Allow them to ask questions. Be honest if you don’t know the answers, but promise to follow up later. Share the Gospel in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. And remember, even if the person doesn’t make a decision for Christ, be sure to continue the relationship.

The disciples often gathered in their homes, and they interacted with those who didn’t know Christ. “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved,” (Acts 2:46-47 NIV).

People came to know Christ every single day. Isn’t that amazing? But how did that happen? Unbelievers heard the Gospel and saw it in action while they mingled with believers. It’s that simple. Hospitality is not something we do if we have extra time, it’s what we’re called to do if we’re called Christians.

As those around us accept Christ and we continue to disciple them in the faith, we are fulfilling the Great Commission—Jesus’ last command to us before He left the earth. Who will you invite into your home this week?