There’s that saying, “Home is where the heart is.”
As Christ followers, the living God has called your heart His home.
His address is your heart.
Wow… I hope my God would be pleased to call my heart his home. I want my heart to be inviting, willing, serving, generous, kind, warm, comforting, and full of peace, joy and love.
I want my God to say, “Yes! That’s my home! The one that is messy but cultivates freedom, leaky but full of joy, distressed but marked by stories, imperfect but inviting, humble but glowing by firelight.”
I often find myself eagerly scrambling to clean and prepare our house for guests. Don’t get me wrong.. I’m far from a perfectionist/neat-freak… I rarely enjoy the task… but I am always willing. In fact I demand it. Maybe you can relate?
So why aren’t we the same way with God?
Why don’t we ask Him what He wants us to clean, and how He wants us to prepare?
We may have well decorated, clean, good smelling, comfortable homes… but I don’t think God cares so much about that…. Don’t get me wrong, He wants us to be hospitable, but I think He is more concerned with our hospitality to Him.
We should be more concerned with having a hospitable heart, than a hospitable home.
If you treated your heart as God’s address, what would you do differently? How would you be hospitable?
As I ponder the posture of my heart, I unveil the necessary changes… Ways to be hospitable to God.
Open the door – You have to be willing to open the door of honesty. To let God in on your thoughts, passions, joys, frustrations, anger, temptations, desires, heartache, dreams, worries, and stresses. When we let God in, He lights us up. He will bring light to the dark places, hope to your suffering, and peace to your anxieties, but we must first open the door. He already knows our hearts, but He still wants us to make them known to Him. It’s in the “making known” of our hearts that we discover more of God’s purposes, more of His heart, and more of His love. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Cor 8:12). Be willing to open the door and invite God in. I wrote a blog post a long time ago about being willing. I called it, ” Be Willowing.” You can read here.
Stoke the fire – God wants us to “be light.” He wants us to use our gifts and passions to illuminate more of His love. To shine light on the source of all good. Our light should draw people in like a campfire. But to keep the flames burning, we have to stoke the fire. Stoking the fire means reading His Word and living by it. It means practicing the gifts He has given us. It means walking in obedience to the truth. It means grace and mercy. It means love. Oh how we must love. Love will set our souls on fire and make us crave more of God. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
Listen more than you speak – If my heart is God’s home, I am not a very good guest… Let’s be real… I talk a lot. It’s like a constant one-way conversation. Not very hospitable. I want God to bring clarity and vision and purpose over my life, but I don’t let Him have a chance to speak! And, it is in the silence that God speaks clearly, but we must be willing to seek solitude. A rare thing in this world. Embracing silence and letting God fill it is possibly one of the most transforming, encouraging, and inspiring things we can do. And the most hospitable…
Don’t get caught up entertaining – God doesn’t want you to entertain Him, He wants you to offer Him a hospitable heart. That means we don’t have to fake it with God. We don’t have to be surface level. We don’t have to make Him like us more. He loves you fully. He cannot love you any more or less than he does right now.
Offer generously – When people come to your house do you offer them food, drinks, water, and whatever else they made need? I always find myself saying, “what’s mine is yours! Help yourself to anything!” But do I do this with God? Do I say,”Hey God, what’s mine is yours, take whatever you will! Help yourself to my life!” Although my deepest desire is say those words, my strongest desire is to grasp onto what I have. A lack of surrender… I think the joy of giving generously is often robbed by our grasping. We grasp onto things that are not even ours to grasp in the first place. They are God’s. As a wise woman once said, “Joy is always given, never grasped.” – Ann Voskamp.
How are you hospitable to God? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
The perspective that I share is my own and I do not and will not expect it to be accepted by everyone. Although I hope it encourages and inspires you, I realize you may disagree with some of my writings. Regardless, I ask your grace and kindness in your responses. My prayer is that your responses would lift up others reading!