The Gospel Comes with a House Key emerges from Mark 10:28-31—Jesus’ call to forsake home and family for the Gospel’s sake. Christians are to use their homes for the good of others. Rosaria Butterfield paints a beautiful picture of radical ordinary hospitality. With stroke after stroke of spiritually rich and practically realistic applications, hospitality becomes “using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God” (page 31). The book is an extraordinary description of an ordinary Christian practice.
What power does this house key hold? What door does it fit? What tumblers will it turn? And what future will it open? Well, applications are as unique as your homes and as personal as its furnishings. You will learn best by reading the book for yourself. And you should. This key will unlock much more because of hospitality’s powerful potential. Here are three takeaways.
It will unlock the soul and what it means to be born in God’s image
Throughout the book, Butterfield will use words like acceptance, dignity, and respect. Every human being is created in God’s likeness. Loving those who are different from us and those who disagree with us is the real-life expression of biblical theology. Be assured that acceptance does not necessitate agreement, but it does include love and grace.
It will unlock the past and what it means to care for family
Perhaps Butterfield’s retelling of her mother’s dying days is the most heart-rending section of the book. Have you cared for a dying parent? She describes it, “Hospitality always requires hands and heads and hearts, and mess and sacrifice and weakness. Always” (page 155). Deathbed hospitality has a struggle and a glory all its own. If you care for an aging parent, especially an unbelieving parent, your heart will be strengthened by Butterfield’s raw and candid retelling of the story.
It will unlock the practice of grace and what it means to be vulnerable
Hospitality is an act of grace. Because hospitality opens your door to neighbors, it makes you vulnerable. Butterfield urges Christians to model the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ—a grace she describes as contagious grace: “The grace that allows the margins to move to the center, the grace that commands you never to fear the future, the grace that reveals that what humbles you cannot hurt you if Jesus is your Lord” (page 30). Christians do not need affluent neighborhoods, manicured yards, or immaculate living rooms to practice hospitality. But you will need grace.
Pastor Michael L. Wilburn
Mark your calendars for November 17 (9:00 am-4:00 pm)
Men’s and Women’s Ministry will be hosting a one-day joint event featuring Rosaria Butterfield.
Rosaria will be speaking on her newest book, The Gospel Comes with a House key.
17 Best Quotes:
“Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God. It brings glory to God, serves others, and lives out the gospel in word and deed.”
“The truly hospitable aren’t embarrassed to keep friendships with people who are different. They don’t buy the world’s bunk about this. They know that there is a difference between acceptance and approval, and they courageously accept and respect people who think differently from them.”
“Too many of us are sidelined by fears. We fear that people will hurt us. We fear that people will negatively influence our children. We fear that we do not even understand the language of this new world order, least of all its people. We long for days gone by. Our sentimentality makes us stupid. We need to snap ourselves out of this self-pitying reverie.”
“Practicing radically ordinary hospitality is your street credibility with your post-Christian neighbors.”
“In post-Christian communities, your words can be only as strong as your relationships. Your best weapon is an open door, a set table, a fresh pot of coffee, and a box of Kleenex.”
“Because Christian conversion always comes in exchange for the life you once loved, not in addition to it, people have much to lose in coming to Christ—and some people have more to lose than others.”
“If I had a dollar for everyone who has told me (both inside and outside the church) that I am wasting my education by staying at home and caring for my children, I would be a rich woman.”
“If men aren’t trained to lead by God’s design, they often destroy by Satan’s command.”
“Radically ordinary Christian hospitality does not happen in La La Land. It’s gritty and messy, and it forces us to deal with diversity and difference of opinion, with difficult people, with our own unrepented sin and hard hearts. It demands forgiveness before any of us is ready to cough it up.”
“Repentance always bears the fruit of giving glory to God. Repentance is not an end point; it is a launching pad. We repent unto holiness.”
“‘I am not weak like you’ will be forever my keywords. I am weak. As I heard my mother’s dying words, I felt that wall of shame wash over me. And then God’s Word had the last word in my heart: in my weakness, Christ is strong (2 Cor. 12:9–10).”
“That the whole neighborhood accused us of loving this sinner was likely the best Christian witness we have ever had. But that doesn’t mean it was pleasant.”
“That edge was ours now, like it or not. And here is the edge: Christians are called to live in the world but not live like the world. Christians are called to dine with sinners but not sin with sinners. But either way, when Christians throw their lot in with Jesus, we lose the rights to protect our own reputation.”
“There is something about grieving in the backdrop of God’s Word. It makes you long for the power of God’s Word—and fear it with a holy fear at the same time.”
“If hospitality becomes a point of contention, something is wrong. Stop and reevaluate. Pray. Map out goals and values. Be a team.”
“Hospitality shares what there is; that’s all. It’s not entertainment. It’s not supposed to be.”
“People who have too much often take themselves too seriously to actually give themselves to others in the way that God’s hospitality commands require.”
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