“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)