Jasmine's Place Issue No. 20 - Christmas 2017 - Page 29

A key word in the definition of hospitality is generous. Jesus wants us to be intentionally generous with each other, viewing each other as fellow heirs of the kingdom, brothers and sisters, not as merely someone we sit next to in a Sunday service once a week. (stretch) out If your beloved brother or sister had a need - physical, spiritual, or emotional, what length would you go to in order for this need to be met? This is also the same with fellow members of our faith community. Our churches should be full of people who have met every need supplied by one another. If my parents noticed someone sitting alone in our church around a holiday, they would invite them to come and be with us. It might be surprising to find out how many people accepted our invitations over the years. For this reason, we were exposed to a beautiful side of heaven on earth. People who spoke different languages, and people who ate different foods, were able to come together to adore the One who came for all of humanity. Maybe that is why Jesus said that mutual love is what would be our defining trait. Love is the foundation of biblical hospitality and true community. Jesus desires that we respond to our poor and broken- hearted sisters and brothers. Disciples will take on the responsibility to be present in difficult circumstances. 1 Peter 4: 10 reads, “Above all else keep on loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace […] In Koine Greek, the language the New Testament was originally written in, the word translated as “earnestly” is ektenace and is from the verb ektino which means to extend or to reach In this sentence it is used as an adjective to describe the way Jesus says we should love each other. What better time of the year to reach out with the gifts God has given us as gracious hosts, but Christmas? We should be stretching out our hands, reaching with our hearts, and extending all of the blessings God has given us to bless too. We are blessed to be a blessing! Haley Pridgen is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, as well as a certified Health and Wellness Consultant. Combined with her undergraduate degree in Missional Ministries, she started Taste & See as a ministry to care for the human body in the holistic manner that we were created in. Taste & See offers a variety of services such as nutrition coaching, meal plans, grocery delivery, writing, nutrition education, and are expanding to products in the months to come. Her heart is that we would worship Him mind, body, and spirit and it is her joy and honor to offer community to those who are desiring support along the way. Visit her at https://totasteandsee.com/ JASMINE'S PLACE 29 29