Hospitality is not the only gift which can enhance evangelism. Sometimes conversion cannot come until other loving ministries have been applied.
If there is emotional fragmentation, counseling skills involving wisdom or knowledge or discernment may need to be invited. If there is hunger, mercy may need to be shown. If there is distress, aid may need to be given.
These gifts till the soil, fertilize the ground, and prepare for the evangelist who knows how to harvest the field to insure the maximum yield. It is the household, however, which knows how to guarantee minimum spoilage. The gifts are one of the reasons I feel strongly that evangelism should not be separated from the functioning of the church.
By no means am I minimizing evangelism. But, I am attempting to emphasize what I feel has been greatly neglected, the fact that according to Scripture we are not all evangelists. We have been gifted differently. We need to understand that, through the development of these supernaturally endowed abilities, we can greatly aid in the process of spiritual birth, as well as creating a trusting family in the church.
Perhaps it would be wise to insert here that we are also taught to pray for the higher gifts, and I believe the Lord is now asking me to devote myself to request this. There is a spring of bubbling water growing within me, and from this I can give draughts to those thirsty people standing beyond the iron gates.
Karen Mains has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen Mains and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.