What makes a person a fabulous hostess or host? When you recall being a guest in someone’s home, what made that experience pleasant or memorable? Do you think of the decor, the ambience, or the food that was served? Perhaps you remember some of those details, but I imagine the fact that mattered most was that you felt comfortable, honored, and respected.
If you are a Christian, you are a hostess or a host 24/7. Your guest is the Holy Spirit. In addition to Scripture, I am indebted to two books/authors who have helped me comprehend my identity as a hostess. First is My Heart, Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger. The second is Hosting The Presence by Bill Johnson.
How am I doing hosting The Holy Spirit? How are you doing? Does He feel like our highly honored guest? Does He know we love Him and love His company? Or has He withdrawn to His room in our lives and closed the door because the things going on in our homes and hearts are an affront on His Holiness? The Scriptures teach us that He will never leave us or forsake us, but those same Scriptures also teach us that He turns His back on sin – that our sin separates us from Him.
In the instructions on how to host the Holy Spirit, we are given two very explicit commands. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) and do not put out the Holy Spirit’s fire (I Thessalonians 5:19). The implicit commands are to please the Holy Spirit and to facilitate His fire and flame in our lives.
Since the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22) and since the Holy Spirit is our power (Acts 1:8) to fulfill the work Jesus has given us to do, we will be empty, weak, and unproductive shells of who God intended us to be, if we make a habit of hurting and quenching God’s Spirit.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be a Five Star Hostess. I want the Holy Spirit in my main living space, engaged with me. I want face to face conversations with Him. I want to see His smile. I want to hear His laughter. I need His fruit and His power. How about you? It’s never too late to improve our hosting skills.