When we downsized a couple of years ago, we came to the realization that we’re not good at downsizing. We only trimmed 300 square feet, still had four bedrooms and a guest room with its own bath. The house actually seemed bigger than our old one. Only the yard appeared smaller.
But I knew this was the house. Something came over me in the family room while making the decision to buy, or to pass it up because of its size. I saw us hosting a small group Bible study in that room, a vision that was later realized.
My husband, Jeff, and I hold onto possessions loosely.
We believe everything is on “loan” from God, including our house. We have always said that when possible, we will open up our home to people in ministry who need a place to stay while in town. It’s our way of helping. It’s also our way of bringing the Acts 2 church to current day, where “all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:44–45.).
This week the call for hospitality came. We hosted a traveling evangelist Sunday night, and later this week, six pastores from Ensenada, Mexico who were here for a conference at our church. There were pastors everywhere—in the three extra bedrooms and on the couches upstairs. The men of God spoke mostly Spanish, so I tried to communicate in my broken Spanish—poorly I might add. In the end, the love of Christ was the central language between us. Throughout the three nights they were here, I kept thanking God that we had a home large enough to house them and realized why the Lord wanted us to have this house. He knew we needed the space to open it up in this way. I’m so glad we trusted him during the decision making process.
Last night, each of the six pastors prayed for us and it was a powerful, holy moment. I felt their prayers infiltrate the house, and I sensed their gratitude. But what they might not understand is that we were the ones who were mightily blessed. I thought of the verse in Luke 6:38 where Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
The Bible says it’s important to provide for those who are doing the work of God. Romans 12:13 says, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
How do you look at your possessions? Are they yours, or do they belong to God?
Do you practice hospitality? It’s an easy way to honor God and his people who have given their lives to His service.