I have a great idea. We’ll just have these small groups…see. And we’ll meet in homes or coffee shops and everything will be hunky-dory. We won’t worry about being out of a church building. It will be great. It will be freeing.
But… it’s not that easy.
I think the challenge of hospitality is particularly difficult in our move from an attractional model church to a missional model church. In our society, if we want to reach people outside our walls, we have to meet them where they are. Practically, it is much easier to practice hospitality in the comfort of our own church building, than outside our walls. Yet somehow, I believe that the practice of hospitality must extend beyond our comfort zones and our walls.
In order for this to happen we have to extend our idea of the church. The church does not cease to be the church when we scatter. Instead, the church really comes alive outside these walls. This is when the challenge to love is crucial. God is not limited by buildings or gathering times. The Psalmist says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1). Everything and everyone belongs to God. Think of it like this, we dwell in our Father’s house, wherever we find ourselves. Pay attention to God’s move, wherever you are. Pay attention to who is around you in your Father’s house, wherever you find yourself. Show hospitality. After all some have entertained angels unaware.
So, how will we be hospitable?