Thursday, March 13, 2008

Why Hospitality? Part 2--Hope for the Overwhelmed

Anyone here feeling unqualified? Overwhelmed?

If you fall into either category, you’re in good company.

After living as a nomad in the desert for 40 years, Moses encounters God in a "burning bush"—a bush that is on fire but never burns up—and God commands him return to Egypt and lead the enslaved Israelites out of the country to the Promised Land.

Moses’ initial response to God’s command is found in Exodus 3:11—“Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (emphasis mine)

I’m not a Bible scholar, but I think Moses was saying, “Who am I to be given such a responsibility? I've been out of the loop for 40 years, the only leadership experience I have is tending sheep, and anyone who would vouch for me is probably dead. I’m not qualified.”

God’s response? I will be with you.”

God didn’t give up on Moses because of his doubt; and he didn’t leave Moses on his own to figure out how to get the job done. He promised to be with Moses, and he will be with you too. In Deuteronomy 31:6, God promises that he will "never leave you nor forsake you."

Even today, there’s hope for the unqualified and overwhelmed. God doesn’t ask for you to be an accomplished hostess before you start showing hospitality. He asks for you to start showing hospitality and he’ll be with you to develop you into the gracious hostess he created you to be.

Are you ready to start the journey? He is. bjh

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