Session 5

Are you putting off what you desperately need?

From Win at Home: A 14-Day Devotional

Ever been on the receiving end of this text: “Do you mind if we stop by to bring a meal and hold the baby for a bit?”

If you’ve ever welcomed a new baby or been the caregiver for a close family member, you know a text like that can stop you in your tracks. Especially, when it’s been days — make that weeks — since you last picked up around the house, showered, or did anything that didn’t involve caring for someone else.

But what if the thing we’re most afraid of is the thing that will fill us up? What might happen if we didn’t give in to the embarrassment of a messy house or a messy life and let others in?

After all, isn’t that what Jesus does for us?

Long before we cared about Jesus, He cared about us. When we are farthest from Him, He welcomes us in. And the Bible tells us to go and do the same.

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9, NIV)

So often, we don’t feel good enough, clean enough, or “picked-up” enough to receive others’ love and blessings. We’re embarrassed by all the junk, but that’s exactly when we most need each other.

It’s through intimate conversations and sharing our real lives with fellow Christians, in our home or in theirs, that we experience what it means to be Jesus’ hands and feet. These messy but holy moments are where marriages restored, friendships are built, and unconditional love is shared.

Imagine the gifts waiting for you when you open your front door — dust bunnies and all.

Reflect:

  • Do you find yourself putting off community for the sake of not having the “ideal” environment?
  • What’s one thing preventing you from being vulnerable and letting others in?
  • How can you open your home or a comfortable space to be hospitable this week?


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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

We don’t win at home alone

Have you ever had one of those days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong?If you’ve ever experienced tears of frustration and ...

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Session 2

Are our priorities in the right place?

There are two great indicators about where someone’s priorities lie: their schedule and their budget. Money and time are both finite reso...

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Session 3

Being present is more important than being perfect

We don’t have a monopoly on hurried lives. Past generations bemoaned the same struggle. Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 hit “Feelin’ Groovy” b...

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Session 4

God knows more about what your people need than you do

We ask God to do lots of things in the lives of those we love, but when’s the last time you asked God what He wants to do in the lives of...

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Session 5

Are you putting off what you desperately need?

Ever been on the receiving end of this text: “Do you mind if we stop by to bring a meal and hold the baby for a bit?”If you’ve ever welco...

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Session 6

What changes when we trust God

The news bombards us with possible dangers, from phone scams to burglaries to hackers on social media. No matter our age or stage of life...

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Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better lo...

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Session 8

Generosity always wins the day

If you’ve ever traveled to a third-world country, you’ve seen the paradox that less is more.Americans will look around and say, “They hav...

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Session 9

Be ready to give a reason for your hope

The word “evangelism” can be intimidating. We imagine knocking on doors or preaching on a soapbox on the streetcorner.But what if evangel...

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Session 10

If we want to win, we have to forgive

The assumption is that a good marriage is one where you always agree. A happy family is one where no one loses their temper or gets on an...

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Session 11

Why it’s important to reconcile, not just forgive and forget

Ever notice how the morning after a big fight nothing feels quite right? It doesn’t matter who you blew up at — your roommate, your spous...

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Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.God can’t use me because of what I’ve done...

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Session 13

Winning often doesn’t look the way we think

Some wins don’t result in trophies or medals. Just ask the mom who had three hours of sleep, but still got everyone to school on time. Or...

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Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

We are taught that to win, someone has to lose. We see this in sports, business, and entertainment. One person’s victory is another’s def...

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