Who is directly in your view? For many there would be an easy response. The married would extend first to their spouse. The parent to their child. But what about the ones like me?
Marriage is not on my resume, and so for myself, I have had to ask the Lord what it means to be a hospitable woman without a husband. For many years I bought into the hype that hospitality was for marriage and a white picket fence lined house. It certainly was not for me when I was single and in my twenties.
Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I do have people in my view to care well for. I have a roommate, many friends, people who I lead in community group, and the women I lead in a Bible study. I have the children I teach, the friends I take classes with, the neighbours I share the elevator ride down to the main floor with. I get to extend the love of Christ to everyone I encounter.
I can offer a space of healing — the healing found only in the love of Christ — by inviting other people into my space. I offer what I know, which is Jesus, and I offer what I want to know more, which is Jesus.
When I moved into my current home, I spent time walking through it and praying over it. I let my hand drift across the walls and I asked the Holy Spirit to make Himself known in my home. I told Jesus that He got to be in charge of every moment in my home. I asked Him to come and reside with me. In the Old Testament, it was common to consecrate things to God. I think it is good practice to do that nowadays. Give the Lord your things. Place them before Him and ask Him to help you.