Isn’t this cake beautiful? The young woman who made it took hours to handcraft each butterfly. She is constantly blessing others with her gift of hospitality. Whether it’s a cake, a dinner party or a breakfast for five-hundred, this young lady makes sure that every little detail is perfect so that people feel special.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says,
“God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits.” (The Message)
You see, a gift of hospitality shows who God is. One way that God expresses His love for us is through beauty. So people who can create an atmosphere of beauty are using their gift to reveal the Father’s heart.
I definitely do not have the gift of hospitality. If you eat dinner at my house, you’ll be eating off of mismatched plates, drinking out of mismatched glasses, and wondering what that mound is under the rug (it’s my daughter’s cheerios that I hurriedly swept under there while you were walking up the driveway because I had been so busy writing that I lost track of time and didn’t get around to properly cleaning).
We all have different gifts. My husband is always cooking and baking for people who are going through a rough time and then checking up on them to see how they’re coping. Some of my friends are able to paint beautiful pictures that capture the imagination and speak to the soul. Others are always encouraging people, telling them, “You can do it!” Others use their tech skills to bless others. Still others work with children, pouring into little lives with endless patience and love.
The Bible says that each person is given something to do to show who God is. What is in your hand? And how are you going to use it this week to bless others?