Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined .~ Titus 1:8
Our senior pastor shared that as far back as we can look into the history of God’s people, one of our God given duties is hospitality. The deliberate act of simply welcoming people into our personal space through our deeds, resources, and words. This is affirmed in Leviticus 19:33–34. Romans 12:13 tells us to pursue hospitality not just during holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. And not only with those we know… In Hebrews 13:1–2, we are encouraged to show hospitality to strangers… for in doing so we might entertain angels unaware. Therefore, as Christians, it is our duty to develop the perpetual attitude and habit of hospitality.
The motivation to practice hospitality comes from knowing that the ultimate act of hospitality was when Jesus Christ died for us. When we engage in hospitality, we share God’s refreshing joy and amazing grace. We pour into others… shimmering rays of hope and love that comes from Jesus Christ. We thereby, become lovers of what is good, upright, holy, and disciplined as we embrace the spiritual gift of hospitality.
But, how do we activate the spiritual gift of hospitality?
.Glad that you asked.
Without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9), we can practice hospitality by lifting our hands to help, opening our hearts to care, and sharing our homes to feed or shelter someone. There are perhaps as many ways to show hospitality as there are people in need of our generosity. Here are a few biblical examples:
Luke 5:1-11, Ezekiel 18:7, Isaiah 58:10, & Matthew 10:42… feed the hungry
James 2:15-17, Luke 3:11, Matthew 5:42, & Proverbs 19:17… share with those in need
Exodus 17:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:14, Isaiah 35:3, & Hebrews 12:12… lift up the weak
Matthew 25:35-40, Philippians 2:4, Galatians 6:2… help lighten someone’s burden
Therefore, one day we too may avow hospitality… as stated in Psalm 37:25-26… I once was young and now I am old, but I have never seen the righteous abandoned or their descendants begging for bread. For, every day I am generous, giving freely, and my descendants are blessed.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.