What does it mean to show hospitality?
What does it mean to show hospitality? Well…it is more than just being nice. It is more than doing something out of obligation. Peter reminds us in the fourth chapter of his first letter that we are to offer our hospitality to others without grumbling.
To show hospitality, we are giving our best for the joy, comfort and pleasure of another. We give because Christ gave and we are called to model His example. We give because it is a way to show the grace of God to others.
Is it easier for you to extend hospitality to friends or to strangers? Most of us would likely say it is easier to be hospitable to our friends. However, we are called to offer the same level of hospitality to all people. In Luke 10, we are introduced to the Good Samaritan, who extends what many would call radical hospitality to not only a stranger, but to an enemy. Luke does not tell us what ever became of the injured man after his care was provided for by the Good Samaritan, but we can imagine the gratitude he must have felt for the selflessness shown to him. We might also imagine a ‘pay it forward’ attitude that settled in the man once he healed. I personally like to believe that a seed germinated in him that inspired hospitality towards another.
Hospitality does not have to be as extravagant as what the Good Samaritan did for the injured man, it can be as simple as handing a bottle of water on a hot day to a person standing on a street corner begging for money. It can also be as easy as holding someone’s hand when they are waiting for a loved one to come out of surgery.
Hospitality is extended in multiple ways….how are you showing hospitality?!
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