Jesus, a Gentleman
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. Revelation 3:20
Jesus enters only into those places where He is welcomed. Only a stable welcomed His birth, so there He was born. Only sinners and the lowly welcomed His earthly ministry, so with them He cast His lot. Two discouraged disciples on the Emmaus road gave a testimony of the hospitable heart when they said, "Did not our heart burn within us while He . . . opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32).
The Emmaus disciples give insight into a key ingredient of hospitality. Their hearts were warmed as Christ opened the Scriptures to them, and then they shared tenderly and fondly with Him and with one another.
Early in our marriage, home was the last place Teresa and I wanted to be. Teresa was stuck at home with kids all day, so she still remembers the fun of walking to the store just to be around "big people." Fearing marital conflict, I often escaped into my own activities. Our healing journey into intimacy has made a difference. Home is now a refuge—a place that is warm, inviting, and secure—and each of us longs to be there.
Teresa and I have come to find that Christ's opening the Scriptures to each of us prepares us for hospitality. For years, we accomplished this by each of us reading the same chapter of Proverbs according to the day of the month, then prayerfully seeking insight, direction, and fellowship with the One who breathed the words. Thanksgiving touched us on many days; conviction touched us on others. Then over coffee or lunch we shared with one another the "warmth" in our hearts.
Gradually, as we welcomed one another in a spirit of true hospitality, our house became a home.
What steps can you take today to ensure that you and your spouse "welcome" one another into your home?
Father, thank You for bringing hospitality into our home.