As they were growing up, our sons were not too happy being part of an open home. They resented doing chores in the house and helping us in the tidying and clearing up. However, it had its benefits. They learnt to be organised, tidy and, most importantly ,to share. As it is said “more things are caught than taught”, today, in their young adult years, they invite their friends home and don't consider it to be a trouble having so many people around. They want their friends to feel welcome and at home in our place. This makes me hopeful that they too would practice Christian hospitality in their own homes. One of the purposes for which God created us, is to have fellowship with him. It is a part of our friendship with God. In 1 Peter 4:9, He has asked us
to be hospitable to one another without complaint. This must be a good enough reason for us to share our homes with others. Big deal – it’s been worth it! When I look back, the last 25 years of married life, I can confidently say that our home has been a place where the broken hearted were healed, the hungry were fed, the poor were clothed as written in Isaiah 58:6. The C.B.D church has also emerged from the home that has been open. I would also say with great gratitude that where I am today and who I am today is partly credited to my leader s who had their hearts and homes open for me. The whole concept of ‘Open Home’ has had a purpose. It has helped to build strong relationships.
About the author: Rebecca lives in Navi Mumbai with her husband Issac and two sons, Jacob and Jeremy. Issac and Rebecca pastor the church in CBD Belapur and oversee the GMI churches in Navi Mumbai now known as Lighthouse Ministries.
Quotes to ponder Individualism is sin. It does injury to the Body of Christ. Fellowship in the Body is always two-way – receiving and giving | Watchman Nee It is by functioning that we discover life. The life of the whole Body is hampered and impoverished by the burial of the single talents | Watchman Nee Unity is the soul of fellowship. Destroy it and you rip the heart out of Christ’s Body | Rick Warren Acceptance is an act of the heart. To accept someone is to affirm to them that you think it’s a very good thing they are alive | John Ortberg I really only love God as much as much as I love the person I love the least | Dorothy Day You and I were created by God to be so much more than normal. Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life. In the end it’s a loser’s game, because we never become who God created us to be by trying to be like everybody else | Tim Tebow The secret of my success over the 400 metres is that I run the first 200 metres as hard as I can. Then, for the second 200 metres, with God’s help, I run harder | Eric Liddell
Published on May 23, 2014