True hospitality is grace in action ~ Eugene Peterson
We all start out life as recipients. Everything is given to us. But as we grow up, we start to take it for granted. God’s people become insiders to grace, taking it for granted and not extending it to others.
It is so easy to leave worship in the sanctuary and return to cramped living. Instead of carrying into the rest of life the spaciousness of grace proclaimed and experienced in worship we become like the small-souled Pharisees that Jesus tangled with.
Hospitality requires humble guests and generous hosts. In the story, the guests are not humble, shoving for position, and the host is not generous, seeking less to give than to generate obligations. Sabbath is where we learn hospitality, the receiving and the giving of it. But we often betray and desecrate the Sabbath by trying to protect it. Humble receiving and generous giving are the marks of those who know grace.1
With all the grace we receive, how do we maintain a hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Are you a better guest or a better host? Why?
How would your hospitality change if you were to receive every guest as you would receive Christ?