“Leave your simple ways and live, and walk in the way of insight.” (Proverbs 9:6)
We know that God’s love is not conditional; He has chosen to set His love on us. However, that is not the case with God’s promises. God doesn’t set conditions on His promises to make us “earn His favor”, His conditions are necessary for us to enjoy His favor. Jesus wants to bless us with every spiritual blessing. Long ago God prepared the way for us to enter into His grace.
Hospitality can be defined as “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” In the New Testament, the Greek word translated “hospitality” literally means “love of strangers.” Hospitality is a virtue that is both commanded and commended throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament, it was specifically commanded by God: “When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt” GOT QUESTIONS.ORG
While I do not have the spiritual gift of hospitality, I am blessed to know many women who do. Their homes, whether simple or fancy are always welcoming. They take great joy in having you sit at their table to enjoy a meal. In the presence of those who possesses this wonderful gift, you feel warm and valued. Those with the gift of hospitality have a way of making you feel special; as if your comfort is all that matters.
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”To him who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” (Proberbs 9:1-6). As we read these words we see that Wisdom has made the house ready, prepared the meal, and set the table. All the needed preparations have been made and now the invitation is extended; Wisdom says “come”.
Just as Solomon wrote millennia before Christ’s birth, Jesus affirms for us that He has made all the necessary preparations. He has extended the invitation to all who are willing. Jesus spoke: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also”. (John14:1-3)
What is our RSVP to Jesus’ invitation? It is simply to abandon that which is foolish, follow what is wise, and open the door.