Even corporate leaders have learned that true leaders lead from the dinner table. When you invite someone into your home, you invite them into your heart – and that opens their heart to love what you love.
Look at this short video clip where Ronelle Hauptfleisch shares some practicalities of how one can grow in showing hospitality at home for a fellowship or bible study.
27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Observation and reflection questions
Note: In Jesus’ day the Pharisees were the ‘spiritually elite’ and the tax collectors were the ‘worse of sinners’ who worked with corrupt Roman civil servants to enforce oppressive tax laws on their own people – often exempting more tax than what was necessary, even from their fellow Jews.
- Luke recorded the conversion of Levi (also called Matthew elsewhere). What were the two things Levi did immediately flowing his conversion? (verses 28 and 29).
- Who did Levi invite to his feast? And why do you think he invited them?
- Why did the Pharisees have a problem associating with Pharisees and sinners? (verse 30)
- Why did Jesus not have a problem associating with Pharisees and sinners? (verse 31-32)
Personal reflection and Application
By inviting someone into you home you invite them to share your life, which immediately changes the relationship to a deeper level. Around a dinner table hearts meet and truth is imparted. Jesus illustrated that through the skill of hospitality we can invite others into our world and even into God’s eternal world.
- Who do you typically invite into your home for dinner?
- How comfortable do you feel around “sinners”? Why do you think you feel like that?
- Consider hosting a “Levi dinner” by inviting “sinners” into your home for a meal, to allow them into your heart. Perhaps start by inviting people who work with you, or perhaps your neighbors. The idea is to invite them into your home, to show loving hospitality, and build sincere relationships with them. Perhaps they may see your love and sincerity and be receptive to the Gospel. (a) Who will be the first you invite? (b) When will your do it?
Pray that God would fill your heart with compassionate love for the “sinners” you come into contact with, and pray that God would grace you to increase in the skill of showing hospitality.