January 17, 2019

If you believed your home was an embassy for Christ, what would you do differently? If we are indeed ambassadors, then our homes are embassies of the King. The world says that our home is our fortress, our refuge, where we find rest. But Jesus didn’t say, “Go home all you who are weary and burdened.” He said, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30). To say that my home is my refuge is actually idolatrous because it’s the Lord who is our refuge, our shelter, and our place of rest. The home is something God has given to us, it temporarily belongs to us, but we should not regard it as our own. Believe it or not, hospitality is not a specialized spiritual gift that only a few people possess – it is a command that is applicable to all Christians because we are ambassadors of Christ. Do you realize that your home may be one of your best opportunities to reach and influence people for Christ? So many people are longing for a place where they can feel loved and be encouraged, welcomed and wanted. Our homes can be Kingdom space where people hear the Gospel and experience the culture of the Kingdom, and your home can be that place. Yet too often we reduce the Kingdom value of hospitality down to the worldly value of entertainment, therefore, we don’t invite others into our homes until the rooms are clean, the meal is ready, the children are well behaved, or the party is planned. But we must remember that our homes are given to us by God to steward for His purposes. So, instead of waiting for the right moment to entertain, we need to expect God to use our homes in accordance with His plan and purposes because when we are hospitable, we are showing Christ’s love to others. So how will you give a glimpse of God’s Kingdom through hospitality this new year? Will you host a Bible study or accountability group in your home? Will you invite someone new, or new to you, over for coffee or a meal from your church or The Well? Will you implement an open door policy with your neighbors? Whatever it is, it needs to be something for Christ’s sake! So, may His Kingdom come and His will be done in your embassy of the Kingdom this year!

Jennelle Sherman
The Well Bible Study Ministry