My husband and I recently moved to a new apartment, one that is quite a bit larger than what we’ve been used to and back in a city where we have a wonderful friend-family who we love more than words can say. One of our reasons for choosing a space with a lot of room was because we wanted to be able to be in a place where we can host—where our community can gather, it doesn’t matter how many people show up, and there is an extra bed for those who need a place to crash.
In Romans 12:12-13, the Scripture says,
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
While we definitely feel this as a calling in our lives, it’s so easy in our sinful nature to get lazy, be unwilling to be inconvenienced, or feel like we need to have it all together.
To have people over, I’ve realized I’m someone who likes for things to be picked up, to be clean, to be ready. While I am striving for vulnerability to let people show up in the mess of my life, I also find that when things aren’t seemingly together, that’s when I tend to be disobedient to God’s call of letting people in.
Now that I recognize this, I have decided to spend time every day praying over my home as I prepare it for the day. I tidy and organize, clean and scrub, wash sheets and towels, put dishes away and make the bed—whatever needs to get done that day.
During this process, God’s been showing me the importance of preparation. Can God do miraculous things right here, right now, with absolutely no waiting period? Of course! But I believe we grow in the process and even though the calling on our lives can be so clear, we still have to do the work to prepare for it. Galatians 6:9 says,
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
I’ve tried to adopt this concept in other areas of my life. The dreams I and my husband have for our lives, they need prayers and discipline to back them up, whether its to get to the point where we have complete trust in God to let go and let Him work or to intentionally save money for a future event or to gain wisdom from the Scripture or mentors before we jump into something new.
I’m praying for you today and encourage you to take a look at your life—what you’re passionate about and where God’s asking you to go—and have a conversation with Him about how you can do your part to prepare for this calling. When we are willing to be part of the process, I believe that’s when we can best walk in obedience and confidence with what Jesus is doing, partnering with Him to bring heaven to earth.