I remember the first time I went to a women's Bible study. I walked into a large cold room and sat at a plain round table. The leader wasn't prepared, the material hadn't arrived, and there wasn't any coffee. When I got home, I told Philip how nice everyone was, but there was something missing. I was really disappointed by the overall feeling of mediocrity. My time didn't seem valuable, I was cold, and I didn't have any plans of going back.
God spoke to my heart that following week and I knew I needed to go back. The next week I invited everyone back to my house where it was warm and there was coffee. I spent the next 5 years trying to show that hospitality done well, opens doors for ministry. When people feel welcomed and preferred, they are more likely to have an open heart towards ministry.
Christ has a standard of excellence. When he ministers to others...he doesn't stop half-way. When he turned the water into wine...it was the best wine at the wedding. When he rose Lazarus from the dead...he waited until he was good and dead and then raised him to life. He didn't raise him back to sickness. When he healed the woman with the issue of blood, he didn't just lessen her bleeding, he stopped it completely.
So often in the church, we don't do things well. It is easy to slip into an attitude of mediocre and expect people to be okay with it, but God has called us to something more. Something better.
Several years ago I was planning a retreat. During set up, I noticed one side of the platform differed from the other side and could easily be fixed with moving a few wires and tables. When I asked if we could move things around, one of the women rolled her eyes and told me I was being too particular. Did it really matter? Obviously it didn't to her, but it did to me. It wasn't about the platform or the wires or the tables. It was about setting the atmosphere and the expectation right from the moment the women walked into the room.
If I am going to do something, whether it is at school, church, or having people in my home, I believe it is important to do things well. I want to have a standard of excellence in everything I do, not so I can gain people's approval, but so they will be comfortable enough to open up their lives and their hearts.
My prayer for this year is that my standard would be God's standard and that he would give me eyes to see how I can improve in the area of hospitality and in making others feel loved and preferred. I pray that God would use my talents, my home, and my resources to influence and inspire the people around me. I pray that I would love people so well that they would be loved right into the Kingdom.
Living Completely Undone
I am a girl passionately in love with Jesus, my husband, and my children. I am forever learning how to live a life completely undone for my God. This blog is about my journey and a few funny stories in between.