Right now I hate my carpet. I’m wishing I had a dark brown shag that didn’t show spots, stains and spills. But, alas, that is not what I have. It is a short pile of light beige that is beginning to show its years of having teenagers in our house and a dog that sometimes has accidents.
Don’t get me wrong. I love having people in our house every week. We have played host to more than 20 sophomore students for the past year almost every Sunday night. They eat, they laugh, and we share God’s word together. (I also love our dog, but that’s a whole different post) We also host teenagers to stay in our house for weekend events. We invite families to our house for dinner and there’s nothing better than having college freshman boys watching football on a Saturday afternoon. (0r watching a soccer team devour 25 lbs. of hamburger meat!)
So, today I’m having the carpets cleaned. The good ‘ol Stanley Steemer guys are in the other room trying to perform magic on my nasty flooring. But the honest truth is that in a few months, they will need to be cleaned again. Why? Because I believe God is entrusting our family with a home where we can be a haven of hospitality. It is a place of rest for my husband and my children. But it is also a place where we believe ministry happens. It’s a place for evangelism too.
I know so many women who do not invite people to their home because it isn’t big enough, nice enough, new enough, etc. There is a feeling that our houses should be on the level of the next “Parade of Homes.” If that’s the case, then my house would not qualify. My kitchen does not sport granite countertops and my living room furniture is a former style of late ’80s plaid. (I am actually on a crusade for new living room furniture in case Vic is reading this) But the greatest compliment I receive when we host people in our home is that it seems homey and comfortable. It’s inviting and warm. We offer good food–especially when it’s Vic’s famous onion burgers.
We see our house as an extension of the church. Do you? Will you be bold enough to carve out time to invite a new family to join you for a meal? Will you allow children and teenagers to make a mess and even take a chance that something might get broken or messed up? Allow your home to be the much needed add-on room to your church and the church. While people may be intimidated to come to your church home, they’ll be flattered when they are invited to your house.
“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47