We place ourselves in the hands of God, with each other. Purposefully. Mindfully. Intentionally. We make a decision to feed our souls. We don’t take it for granted. We don’t assume that we’ll learn faith by osmosis, or leave it to chance. We’re deliberate, purposeful, and consistent about growing our faith. We know that what we put into ourselves shapes us, changes us, and we seek out ways to feed our spirits. To let God shape us into something beautiful.
At the core of Radical Hospitality is the basic assumption that we are the ones offering hospitality. We are the hosts, not the guests. So when we come together it’s not with the expectation of being served, but of serving. It’s not all about me. We can’t come together with a sense of entitlement, or else we’ll all be going down.
Or at least, we need the right kind of entitlement.
These days it’s not enough to be welcoming. It’s not even enough to practice good old-fashioned hospitality to those who walk in the door. Now our call is a much more radical hospitality. ‘Go quickly to the city’s streets,’ Jesus’ story goes. ‘Go to the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.’ Go out into the world around you. It’s a profound shift. The focus shifts from welcoming people in to going out.
And it’s on us to go do it. To act as the hosts who actively seek out others, people we may not even yet know. The very first step we need to take is to see ourselves as hosts.