What is Biblical Hospitality?
Hospitality is cheerfully sharing, food, shelter, and refreshment with those who God brings into my life.
What skills are required for good hospitality?
- Hospitality involves meeting the needs of others without the appearance of tension or pressure.
- Hospitality requires personal organization.
- Hospitality requires freely giving of ourselves, time, and resources with no thought of personal gain or motives.
- Hospitality shows a servants heart.
- Hospitality requires Humility. We must search our hearts. It cannot be performed with pride. We can’t have people over to notice our nice homes, nice cars, etc.
- Hospitality requires alertness. We need to be alert to the basic needs of those we bring into our homes.
- Hospitality requires initiative. We must be willing to serve others without being asked.
Does God Command Us To Be Hospitable?
Yes he does. Here are some examples from scripture:
Matthew 25:36 I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Luke 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Isaiah 58:7-9 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Hebrews 13:1-3 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Ways I Can Turn My Home Into A Hospitality Center
1. Try to keep your home as clean and organized as possible. So that you are ready to entertain, and welcome others into your home for food, fellowship, encouragement or fun! In our house this means we attempt to keep it clean enough that it can look presentable for guests with a fifteen minute quick tidy up! This tidy up is not to present a picture perfect home but home clean enough that my guests can feel relaxed in.