My Anthropologie apron and I have been through a lot together. Its charred yellow polka dot fabric, singed teal ruffle, and frayed fuchsia waist ties tell stories of my many battles with macaroons, meringue pie, and Crock-Pot Mac ‘n cheese. And while I should probably retire the ratty looking thing, I cannot bring myself to throw it away. Why? Because, it has been while wearing that apron that God has taught me the art of biblical hospitality.
I believe that most Christian women desire to be known as ladies with hospitable hearts and homes. Many women feel limited, however, in their ability to practice hospitality in their everyday lives. My home is just too small; there’s no extra space. My husband does not enjoy entertaining guests. My budget doesn’t allow me to extend hospitality even though I desire to. My attempt at cooking is usually followed by a visit from the local fire department. Believe me, I can relate! However, all of these challenges stem from a misguided understanding of true hospitality. Hospitality is not dependant on your home mirroring the pages of House Beautiful or mastering Martha Stewart’s latest recipe. (Thank goodness!) While we, of course, desire our homes to be pleasant and welcoming havens for our families and guests, hospitality is so much more than that.
Biblical hospitality is simply an overflow of gratitude and thanksgiving for the ultimate act of hospitality: the gospel.