“9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” NIV
How should we live in the last days? As we have seen:
- And now:
- Hospitably – using our homes to glorify God and serve the church.
This thought struck me yesterday: how much of the Bible is about being in a church building on a Sunday? Answer: none of it! Because there were no church buildings for the first 400 hundred years or so of the Christian church. They largely met in homes, and sometimes in the temple courts or other public buildings.
The Bible story is an every day story. It is not just about Sabbath days (or Sundays). It’s about God, and it’s about people knowing God, walking with God, and, yes, often failing God then coming back to Him, on all days of the week, including Sundays.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying, please. Sundays are important. Gathering together to meet is important. But maybe we’ve become too fixated on meeting ‘in church’ on Sunday. Church is every day, and in the ‘new normal’ may be, just may be, the use of the home will become even more necessary and strategic.
The testimony of the persecuted church in some lands seems to be that when they have had to leave public gathering for private meetings the church has multiplied exponentially.
Again, maybe they question should not be, ‘When can we get back to what we had?’but ‘What does this situation make possible?’