I have the pleasure of bringing you the post of my friend Michelle Lazurek, who has a new book out entitled An Invitation to the Table: Embracing the Gift of Hospitality.
When I think of this verse, I think about two iron rods rubbing together. With enough friction, a spark is ignited, achieving the desired effect. I can imagine there is a bit of pain involved from each iron, having to give a bit of each so the spark can occur.
But because each is willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, a spark ignites, which once fanned, becomes a flame, almost impossible to stop. We have the power to ignite a flame in each other. This can happen by using the gift of hospitality.
In the movie The War Room, an eighty-year old woman becomes friends with her real estate agent. As their friendship develops, it goes from strictly professional, to Miss Clara teaching the real estate agent about the importance of prayer. Neither had an agenda; they merely got together and shared about their lives.
Often in our jam-packed schedules, we push hospitality to the back burner, buried under kids’ after-school activities, church programs, and work schedules. As Christians, Titus 3 teaches us our role as women.
Mentoring is perhaps the best way to have an impact on the people in our church. But how does hospitality play a role?
You can mentor with others in your church and extend hospitality at the same time. By meeting with others in your home, you can make others feel welcome with food and a place to meet and speak into each other’s lives with wisdom and knowledge.
You can also meet at a restaurant as well. Treating a friend to lunch or a drink while meeting can also display hospitality. Giving the smallest token of generosity can make even the newest Christian feel welcome.
Mentoring doesn’t have to be agenda-driven with a schedule and a set of goals. The best mentoring happens when two like-minded individuals get together to do life together.
Can you spare a bit of your time and effort to make someone else feel welcome and impact their lives forever? Hospitality through mentoring is the best way to do that.
You can find Michelle’s new book, An Invitation to the Table: Embracing the Gift of Hospitality, at Amazon.
And you can connect with her through her site: michellelazurek.com