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Hosting and Slaving…..

My mom had the gift of hospitality – big time!  She could put a Sunday meal on the table in 30 minutes for our family and 5 guests.  Sometimes she would invite more folks than she had first planned, so my sister and I would be told what dish not to take as it came by.  Baked potatoes, as example.  She just had so many and we were to skip them.  A southern, country table was not complete without two choices of meat, and 5 or 6 vegetables, and homemade biscuits or cornbread.  She delighted in “hosting” and “serving” people.  Missionaries and pastors passing through town were welcomed to any spare beds we had and to “Baptist pallets” on the floor.  A missionary to Hati and his wife frequently took mother up on her hospitality.

I noticed that I have been using my mom as the hospitalist; but it was my dad that made it possible.  Every Sunday morning he vacuumed the house and did a quick dusting – whether they had planned guests or not.  My dad had the gift of servanthood.  He also had the sense of when to appear and disappear.  They worked well together, as long as he knew how to take orders and carry them out!

I was reminded of my parents when I read Matt. 20:28 this morning:  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 See that word, “minister?”  It is not the word for servant (slave), it is the word for “host.”  There is a lot of difference between a servant and a host.  Those of us with no servants, perform as both servant and host for our guests.  Ministering is used of those waiting tables, but it is also used as those preparing food and the necessities of life.  In Luke 24, our Lord was urged to come stay with the two disciples He had met on the road to Emmaus.  He accepts.

(24:28)  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.  (24:29)  But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.  (24:30)  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.  (24:31)  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Notice that the Lord took up the role of HOST!  He served the bread.  He gave it to them.  And……..don’t miss this next one!  “Their eyes were opened, and they knew Him.”

Is the risen Lord “hosting” your life, your understanding.  Is He revealing Himself to you?






February 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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