Lately, God has been putting the practice of hospitality on my heart. Specifically the phrase “make room.”
What does it look like to make room in our lives? I feel compelled to first make room for God. Create space to rest in Him, dwell in His Word, and abide in prayer.
I am also convicted to make room for others -- to practice hospitality. For me, this looks like welcoming guests into my home and connecting with new friends who are different than me.
On a much larger scale, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering allows me to “make room” in my life for people across the world.
Through the Hunger Offering, ordinary believers join hands with one another from all size churches and towns to serve other ordinary people in numerous countries. First Baptist Kilgore connects with 9-year-old-José in Peru. Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene supports Terri, a formerly incarcerated mom in Dallas. Sandy Mountain Fellowship cheers on Mr. Soontorn in Thailand.
Making room. I cannot help but think of Southland Baptist Church, which takes up Hunger Offering gifts on Communion Sundays. The congregation receives the symbol of the Bread of Life and then, in turn, serves bread to others. What a powerful concept.
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received
(1 Peter 4:8-10, NRSV).
My heart is overwhelmed with joy when I think about Hunger Offering Sundays (April 30 Fifth Sunday and May 14 Mother's Day). Churches across Texas are humbly receiving an offering to provide food and opportunity for faces they may never see. This is hospitality. This is alleviating hunger -- physically and spiritually. This is making room.
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