(Pro 15:17 KJV) Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
One of the things this is talking about is the gift of hospitality. I don’t know about your circles but we have been noticing for years that people do not do a lot of “have them over for dinner” anymore. I think this goes back at least a decade in our observation. We have tried reaching out. There is a pattern. People look confused but agree to come for dinner. They arrive and stay late, obviously having a good time. There is no reciprocation. It is a one way street.
At one point when we were getting involved in a new church we saw this pattern. We had been attending a few years and were in a discussion on why the church was not growing. Keep in mind that this was a church with a nice facility in a good location with a steady stream of visitors. I asked a guy who was at the heart of the church but was not related to the core, founding family, “Other than us and the pastor, how many people in this church have had you to their house for dinner?” He didn’t need to think long to say, “None.”
What this verse tells us is we need to have people over for simple meals. Don’t let a lack of fine china stop you. It doesn’t matter if you are not a gourmet cook. Go against the cultural norm of our day and have someone over for sandwiches and some koinonia.
So? Open your home and be gracious. It may not be returned but it can be given.