I was scrambling about the SCN Campus as usual – trying to connect with as many people as possible as they made their way through the multitude of exits our little building has, when I found myself in a familiar place – the parking lot – attempting to extend the SCN “foyer” beyond its actual 8x10 border. As I turned from a quick word of encouragement offered through a truck window, I connected with Obed who was attempting to get through the slight traffic jam I had created. “Where are you headed?” I asked. “We are going to the restaurant,” he replied. Since the restaurant Obed owns is closed on Sundays, I thought he and his family were planning to dine at another establishment in town. But Obed quickly explained that he had connected with another SCN family and invited them to his restaurant for a private luncheon of sorts. Then Obed extended the invitation to me and my family, and then to another member of SCN. Soon, it became an open invitation as we invited two other couples to come along. We sat down, Obed took our orders, and he and his family cooked and served our meals. And then, he did something none of his 14 guests expected; he told us the meal was on him.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:8-10
When you practice what is preached, people are touched by God’s love in simple, yet profound ways, and pastors are privileged with front row seats as God’s Kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.