It is around this time of year that many people volunteer at shelters to serve food and to give gifts. There is something about giving of your time and resources that makes a person feel like they are doing the work of the Lord.

However, serving food to someone and sitting down with them is something entirely different. When you sit with someone, you share your life with theirs, and vice versa. When you sit across the table with someone to share a meal, you share a piece of yourself with them. That, to me, is true fellowship.

Seat At Your Table

Entering this holiday season try to be intentional about broadening your scope of influence to those outside your close friendships and family relations.  Invite someone to have a seat at your table with the goal of being hospitable like our Lord.

“Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.” 3 John 1:5-6, the Message.

When we extend hospitality to others our faith in the Lord is made visible. How powerful is that?

  • Hospitality does not have the attitude of, “Here I am.”
  • Hospitality has the approach of, “There you are.”

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You would give me a sensitive heart that is open to ministering to others through hospitality. Help me to extend many invitations to people to have a seat at my table; whether it’s at work, in my home, at a homeless shelter, or at church. Help me to have an attitude of, “there you are,” so I can focus on the needs of others.

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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