Stay where you are welcomed. Become part of the family, eating and drinking whatever they give you. You are my workers and deserve to be cared for. Again, do not go from house to house, but settle down in a town and eat whatever they serve you. – Luke 10:7
I can picture Dorothy with her ruby red slippers securely on her feet, eyes tightly shut, fists clenched repeating those famous words to herself, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Isn’t that the truth? There really is no place like home. Home is familiar, it’s comfortable. It’s the place you are cared for, loved and accepted. The place you are known. It’s the place you want to be when you’re sick, tired, stressed out or afraid.
Jesus knew that the great commission he was calling his followers to was hard work. “There is a great harvest waiting in the fields.”vs.2 But harvesting is tough. He knew that they would need a place to call home. So as He sent them out, He gave strict instruction to stay where they were welcomed and become part of the family, eating and drinking whatever they were given.
Sisters, we have work to do. Sometimes (let’s be honest, most of the time), the work is hard. We are mothers, we are sisters, we are daughters. We are business women, we are creatives, innovators, caregivers and harvesters. We have been called to be so much to so many but we can’t do it alone. We must settle down and become part of the family. When we find a place we are welcomed, we need to make it our home. We cannot afford to “go from house to house.” After all, as Jesus said, we are His workers and we need to be cared for.
If you are not regularly attending church, I would encourage you to make a better effort. You are welcome…stay. If you are not part of a group or a community that has your back, find one. Get in a group…become part of a family.