Hospitality 101: the mark of a gracious Christian
Today I was reading in Romans 12. Hospitality is listed with the other things that make for a godly believer.
Let love be genuine. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (parts of Romans 12: 9-13)
Hospitality is an great idea for all Christians, not just the ones who appear to have a natural ability in this endeavor. If it were up to natural abilities, I would not feel qualified to do this. I’m not fancy and fussy. I serve normal, plain food to people. My house is not spotless, and my kids are not perfect.
For some reason, I do not let those things stop me from having people over. I see this as something that God is in. It’s God’s work, so he promises to do the providing.
I have prayed and asked the Lord that if there is some way that our home, food or facilities are not adequate for whomever is planning to come over, that he would just re-direct their paths. If (whatever guests) happen to land on our soil, we will serve them as we would the Lord Jesus. I pray that the Lord would use our weaknesses as well as our strengths to serve those who come under our roof, as service to Him.
The emphasis is on:
1. willingness to serve,
2. letting the Lord direct the events, food, accommodations and the details, and
3. looking at it as form of spiritual service.
In this way, it takes the emphasis off of ourselves, our home, our possessions, and on to the Lord Jesus. Can we do that?
Can we stop seeing hospitality as a gift that only certain people have?
Can we start seeing ourselves as someone God could use to bless others in this way?
Is it possible to see this hospitality endeavor as a service to Christ, rather than to man?