“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (1 Peter 4:10 NLT)
Do you enjoy hosting guests in your home? The Lord is pleased when we give of ourselves to others and show hospitality. He is pleased when we share the blessings He gives us, and our home is a blessing. We, as Children of God, should welcome those He sends our way.
*Any service in hospitality, however meager it may seem, is more significant than the service at a five-star hotel, when it is offered up in faith. We need to remember that when we’re tempted to obsess over the meal’s ingredients or the decorative aesthetics of our homes, God is after our heart. The thing that makes our hospitality distinctly Christian is not a quantifiable domestic skill or quality of food, but the presence and power of Christ-like love.
While the world points us to designer hospitality, we see in God’s Word that Jesus is the true and better host. He calls us into God’s very presence through the sacrifice of his own body! The cross of Jesus is the greatest hospitality that the world has ever seen. Because Jesus gave his life to pay for our sin, all those whose faith is in him have been guaranteed a place in his Father’s house forever. Christ invites us to come in out of the cold, dark world and into his kingdom. And one day he will usher us into the City whose builder and architect is God. Now that’s “biblical hospitality!”
Every effort in hospitality must flow from a dependence on the grace of God. We look backwards to the cross and see how Jesus showed us what hospitality looks like in accepting others for God’s sake in order to bring them near to God. We look forwards to see future grace as Jesus supplies what we need in order to extend hospitality.
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