The Simplest Way to Change the World

June 4, 2018 | by: Fr. Ross Guthrie | 0 comments

Posted in: Thoughts and Reflections

to change the world

What’s the simplest way to change the world? It’s practicing Christian hospitality. All of us want to make a difference in our world for Christ. But frankly, days roll by and not much changes. Christian hospitality is an easy way to break the cycle. We all have neighbors that would much rather enter our living room than a church. Simple Christian hospitality is a natural and effective way of building relationships for Christ.

Our Summer Supper Groups will focus on practicing and discovering the riches of Christian hospitality. Christian hospitality works against the isolation, busyness, and constant entertainment that our homes too often resemble. Christian hospitality is a way of loving as God loves. He reached out to us and welcomed us into his eternal home through our Lord Jesus Christ. So we reach out to others and welcome them into our home for community, joy, conversation, and life. More than ever, due to visual entertainment, the Internet, and the iPhone, Christian hospitality can be life-changing as we share our lives with our neighbors.

Christian hospitality is different than entertaining. Christian hospitality is about engaging, not entertaining. Christian hospitality is about being vulnerable and sharing our real, and sometimes messy, lives with others. You don’t have to show off your cooking skills and certainly don’t get out your fine china. Simple food, plain and ordinary discussion, and our normal homes are the ingredients for building relationships with others. It doesn’t matter if your home is small. It doesn’t matter if some remodeling is needed. Christian hospitality frees us from portraying perfect lives so that we can focus on the lives of others.

And don’t forget your kids. They’re key in sharing our lives with others. Don’t forget that they too must learn Christian hospitality as a way of life just like everyone else. That’s how I learned to open my home to others. My parents opened our home daily to neighbors, friends, and those in need. As a result, it was normal to establish my own home as a place of hospitality as well.

Get a copy of The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life. Copies are available in the foyer for $10. Read it and sign up for a group hosted by a couple at All Saints. Let’s change the world around us.

Steven and Sally Swanson
Saturday, June 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Adam and Traci Pipkin
Wednesday, June 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Billy and Sally Slack
Thursday, June 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

David and Nancy Thomas
Thursday, June 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Rob and Lynn Binkley
Friday, June 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Roy and Carrie Whaley
Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.