Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home;
it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.
The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted,
wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.
Having dismissed her serving maids,
Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”
Proverbs 9:1-6 MSG
How prepared is your heart to host the people you are inviting into your life? Do you prepare for them? Do you seek the Lord for them? Do you seek to get filled up on the riches of the Holy Spirit for them?
- Carve out time to prepare. Engage in what fills you up: Reading, Worship, Listening Sessions, Writing, Sermons/Books, Prayer. Be aware also that you can use this time to empty your own heart of anything that may be a hindrance to being filled up and ready.
- Surround yourself with trusted people who aid and help you as you prepare – you can confess to them, get guidance and be encouraged by them. Do not try to go it alone. We are not meant to.
- Invite well! Confidently. Rely on your gift. Use your voice. You have something unique to contribute!
- Lastly, when the party is over, Encourage your guests to do the same for other’s!
Lady Wisdom here does not seem to be lacking in much – she is secure, she has companionship, resources, confidence, and consequently, Wisdom. Her heart is at rest. It is full. It is ready. I pray we can use this Biblical definition of a host with a ready heart to prepare ourselves for the guests that come in and out of our lives everyday!