Baked Beans and a Big Lie


Given that Jesus died to welcome us into his Father’s home, it’s unsurprising that we’re called to practice hospitality.

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality (Romans 12:13).

But I believed a lie. I thought hospitality was simply entertaining.

A Big Lie

The pressure of finding a great Jamie Oliver recipe. A spic and span house. The ideal after-dinner activity. This is what I thought good hospitality was all about.

How wrong I was.

Hospitality is about reflecting what Jesus did for us. He welcomed us, so we welcome others. He shared his life with us, so we share ours with others.

He did this for us when we were strangers and enemies. So we do likewise (Hebrews 13:2)

Baked Beans

Welcoming and sharing our lives with others doesn’t mean I have to get that delicious Jamie dinner on the table. I don’t need to stay up late to clean. I don’t need to have that perfect party game planned.

While we can love people well by making something special, we can also love them by inviting them into our everyday lives. If baked beans are on the menu, invite people to come and share.

Be yourself. This is how you share yourself.

We shouldn’t put on a show, because a show isn’t real life. You can welcome people into your home whatever real life looks like for you, because this is the life God’s called you to.

Even by serving baked beans you are pointing people to the hospitality God offers us in the gospel (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).

So who can you invite round to your place this week?