One day God put this crazy idea in my head. Invite everyone you know over to your house for supper. I knew without a doubt God wanted me to do this but the night I sent out the mass invitation, I had a hard time falling asleep.
Immediately my brain went to worst case scenarios. What if all 250 people showed up? Would I have enough food? Where would they all park? What if it rains? How will I get everything including my house ready with 4 messy children and a baby stuck to me?! My mind whirled with grocery lists, meal planning, budgeting and problem solving. It really did seem like a crazy thing to do!! But I figured God wouldn’t have asked me if He didn’t intend to follow through. So I fell to sleep that night feeling confident that God would show up and that He had a plan even if I felt a tad bit overwhelmed by it all.
As we started getting closer to the big day, God led me to Acts 2:42-47! I was doing school with the girls and these verses literally jumped right off the page! “ They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
I came to realize that God had asked me to do this not because He was planning a mass revival in my back yard 😂but because He wants us to be doing life together! It’s about sharing our homes and our food. It’s about inviting people in! It’s about loving people and doing so generously and sincerely. Praising God happens in more places than just Sunday morning church. It happens when we feed our neighbor a bowl of soup and roast marshmallows with 20 children running around the yard laughing. It happens in late night phone calls, hand me down clothes, and sharing an over abundance of eggs. When we do life together, we become more than neighbors, we become friends. And through these friendships, we share the biggest part of ourselves, our faith in Jesus!
I don’t know how many more mass invitations I will be sending out in the near future but I do know that God wants us all to take time to get to know the people He places in our lives. If we are willing to let people in, feed them, love them, and spend time with them there is no telling what the Lord will do!