But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.”
Text: Luke 10:38-42, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Matthew 6:33, Luke 10:27
When we are able to love, we are able to be hospitable. But before we can love anyone, we need to prepare our hearts. And to do that, We need to sit down with Jesus and listen to Him for a while.
Hospitality isn’t about a home or a physical table or food, or any of that. Hospitality is about love.It’s about loving other people; the rest is just trappings.
We can make a table for people to gather, but that alone doesn’t reflect love. Look at Martha, that beloved friend of Jesus who was so distracted with serving and being irritated with her sister and with God Himself that she missed it. She missed the point of it all. We serve, we work, we make a table in order to gather and to listen and to enter into relationship.
The point is the person, not the particulars.
And the person or people, what we all need is love.
Before we prepare a table, let’s remember to ready our hearts.