Midweek Wake-Up, November 7th, 2018
Responding to Rosario Butterfield’s latest book “The Gospel Comes With a House Key”, UK pastor Sam Allberry writes the following: “hospitality is one of the most overlooked or misunderstood commands in Scripture. We either ignore it or mistake it for what our culture calls ‘entertaining’…..hospitality pulses with the beating heart of the gospel itself. We know a God who sought us out, took us in, made us family, and seated us at his table….I wonder how different our homes, churches and culture would look if we took it to heart.”
In Mark 2:13-17 we witness this beating heart of the gospel, as Jesus seeks out those who are not right with God, enjoys a meal with this sinful lot that the religious people wanted nothing to do with, giving us a picture of the messianic banquet we look forward to. Bringing people to the point of realizing that it’s not about whether we’re good enough to come into the presence of God, but whether or not we realize that we’re bad enough.
So just a couple of questions to think on this morning as you face another day. Are you delighting in and enjoying the God who has sought you out, has made you His child and has seated you at His table? The religious people couldn’t handle that kind of God, while the sinful relished in this God coming to seek them out. May you so delight today in having been sought out by this God.
And the second question, referring back to Allberry. How different could our homes and church look if we understood the Biblical concept of hospitality? Being those places, that seek out those who have not encountered God, inviting them to our tables to give them a glimpse of the Messianic banquet, drawing them into the presence of the God who seeks them out.
This morning NSC, may you enjoy pondering those questions, perhaps even asking who could I open my table to in the next week or so?