The Audacity of Service
To and From, an exploration of the journey of biblical discipleship.
This week, Natalie Mariscal shares thoughts and reflections on this Sunday's message.
Hospitality - Offering to others the very things that refresh us, the definition Pastor Rich shared with us about hospitality. How often do I invite people into the things that refresh me? Very rarely do I desire to yet, this is precisely what Jesus calls me to do every day.
As a church, we have been learning about the cost of discipleship and how that looks like in our daily lives. We learned about hospitality and the implications it has on our witness of Jesus to others.
In Luke 11:5-13, Jesus shares a story about a friend who was in need of loaves of bread for his arriving guest and persistently asked his neighbor. Because of the culture at the time, showing hospitality was a privilege and looked down upon if you were not able to have the means to do so. The friend received the loaves of bread because of his persistence.
Hospitality allows us to invite strangers into our spaces, our hearts and ultimately our lives. When we sacrifice the comfort of our private spaces in order to welcome strangers into them, the gospel becomes so much clearer to this. This is indeed what Jesus did for us when he sacrificed his life to invite us into his kingdom. What greater example of love, sacrifice and hospitality than this? This sermon reminded me to intersect my life with others for the sake of the gospel. What I enjoy, others can enjoy and what I find comfort in, others can find comfort along with me.