How do you use your home? In the first century when ‘5 star’ hotels were non-existent, and typical ‘inns’ had their issues, Christians were invited to open up their homes to those who travelled. Peter writes his ‘congregation’ with the instruction – “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
The story is told of the little boy, who was asked to pray when his parents had invited guests over for dinner. “But, what should I pray?” queried the youngster. “Just say what I would say,” his mother answered. “All right,” said the boy, “Dear God, why on earth did we have these guests over today?”
Not all of us are that transparent about the use of our homes. Do we begrudge the ‘wear’ and ‘tear’ that ‘strangers’ some times bring to our furniture? Do we ‘cringe’ when a guest, whose clothes are not the cleanest, sits on some of our ‘fine’ furniture?
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Grumbling may be vocalized or kept restrained, but it still constitutes grumbling.
I listened yesterday to Dave Ramsey on the new “5 Leadership Question” podcast (which by the way is well worth a listen.) He spoke of the ‘hand-off’ to his family and reminds them regularly that they are ‘stewards’ not ‘owners.’ Their family commitment commences with the words, “As for me and for my house, we will serve the LORD.” The house is the LORD’s and He may use it any way He chooses.
When I remember who owns all that I have, I find the temptation to ‘grumble’ greatly reduced and many times eliminated. What helps you obey this command?