Sometimes there just isn’t enough money in the bank to do everything that we want to do. I’m not talking about the things we wish we had or the extravagant vacations we want to take. I’m talking about the everyday luxuries that it seems like everyone else has. Everyone except you that is.
It is hard to practice hospitality when you’re broke. Am I right? If there is barely enough money in the bank to feed your family how on earth are you going to feed another family? Yet you wish you could have more people over, to love on them and show unusual kindness this day and age.
Yet your bank account stops you.
You look at the numbers.
You look at the rising food costs.
You count how many people you would need to feed. Plus their food allergies to account for.
You look at your less-than decorations compared to her 3,000sqft gorgeously decorated home.
You look at your too big or too small clothes on your kids and think about what they would look like next to the family who has it all and then some.
You worry about not being able to make ends meet at the end of the month if you have a family over just once.
Here’s the problem: you have your eyes fixed on the wrong things.
Hospitality isn’t about you.
You’re so busy worrying and coming up with excuses that you don’t even consider how it could work.
You have your eyes fixed on the wrong things, the wrong motives and you’ve placed your trust in money and possessions instead of on God.
Friend, hospitality isn’t about impressing it’s about love.
It doesn’t matter if your house isn’t as big, nice or as fancy as hers.
It doesn’t matter what you or your kids are wearing.
It’s about loving others well and serving them while they are in your home.
It’s about them, not you.
God promises to supply all your needs. He also commands us to practice hospitality (without grumbling, remember?). If we trust Him and His Word then we need to practice hospitality with bold faith knowing that the Lord will take care of you and your family.
God loves to work in miraculous ways, we can’t forget that. If we don’t step out in faith, we aren’t giving God a chance to work a miracle in our lives. We are cutting ourselves short.
I love the example of the widow woman in 1 Kings. She had just barely enough food to feed her and her son but she still invited her unexpected guest, Elijah, into her home. Despite all the reasons she had not to. She trusted what Elijah had said about the Lord providing for her needs despite what it looked like at the moment.
1 Kings 17:10-16 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
She practiced hospitality with bold faith. When her circumstances around her screamed not to, when her worrying spirit took over offering reasons why she shouldn’t, she still did.
And God took care of her and her son.
There are big rewards when we obey, when we invite others into our home and focus on them and their needs instead of on ourselves. God promises to take care of you, do believe Him? Do you have enough faith to still invite someone over this month even when it looks impossible? It’s time to take your eyes off yourself, your bank account and your less-than surroundings and jump out with big faith and start inviting people in. God will bless you for it.
Here’s a post I wrote with some practical ideas on how to practice hospitality when money and time are tight:
Your turn! How have you extended hospitality when you’ve been broke? Are you too afraid to do it because of your bank account? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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