Do You Suffer from “Fellowship Fear”

Dangerous food“Fellowship Fear”  Yes, I just came up with that.  The phrase, not the sentiment.  The attitude is alive and well.  In an age of gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and what seems to be EVERYTHING-free at times, we are losing the heart of Christian hospitality.  Whether you are nervous to have a family into your own home for a meal or are afraid to break bread with others because of your own food restrictions/allergies, we are commanded in I Peter 4:9 to “show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”  Not only are we grumbling, some of us are simply disregarding the command to be hospitable altogether!

As someone with a severely restrictive diet, by necessity, not by choice, I miss the fellowship I once felt comfortable having with others.  I am working on a post that addresses this issue from both sides of the table, so to speak.  It is time we examine our own hearts…hearts of pride, fear and selfishness, and seek to be obedient to the heart of God.  By ignoring this mandate in scripture, we are missing tremendous blessing.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

(Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

2 thoughts on “Do You Suffer from “Fellowship Fear”

  1. Our house and everyone in it serves the Lord first and foremost. We maintain a spirit of blessed hospitality whether we are at home or not. We realize we are ambassadors for Our Lord and the Christian faith. We have had overnight guests say “I don’t know why I sleep so well here” as opposed to the troubled sleep they have at their own home. My wife and I know and nod a serene smile to each other when we hear this.

    The moment you enter our home the first thing you see is a beautiful portrait of Our Lord Jesus. We have other original oil paintings on display but none are hung as high or in as prominent a place as our portrait of Jesus. This makes a statement of who we are, what we are about and that as a son or daughter of Our Father Jesus Christ you are genuinely welcome.

    • It’s so good to hear that the spirit is hospitality is not totally dead! Have you had to deal with food issues like I mentioned in my post? Always interested to hear how others have dealt with this.

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