by Theodore Wright.
Luke 10:38-42 (KJV)
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
The important and essential element in Christian home fellowship is the presence of the Lord Himself and that attention is given to Him. All too easily home fellowships can become a matter of who has the nicest house, who serves the best food or serves the most filling dinner, or yet whose home is the cleanest. Also with questions such as if the host has a swimming pool or a game center for the kids. The Scriptures speak well on this…
1 Corinthians 11:20-22 (KJV)
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
The world will standardly and generally be the best at entertainment since it is the speciality of worldly people at serving worldly things. Who do you think throws the most alluring parties, Christians? I don’t think so. So if entertainment is used as the draw for outreach, do know that it can severe limitations in effectivity. That is just feeding the fleshly nature. Though generosity is encouragable, it is needful to demonstrate Jesus as the supplier of all our needs.
Should we use food as a means to draw people to the fellowship? There is a drawback to this…
John 6:26-27 (KJV)
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
We should not be imitators of the world but imitators of Christ Jesus. Serving something simple will suffice for home fellowship and not become a distraction to become the main attraction instead of Christ Himself. Promote the motive of fellowship with Christ lest fellowship be having him only as another of various guests or yet left outside the door. Let Jesus be the guest of honor.
It is encouraged to do a simply breaking of bread in rememberance of Jesus as He commanded us to do. The Bible does not teach that only ordained ministers can serve the bread and cup as Holy Communion.