The Power of Hospitality

27 05 2010

Hospitality is essential to the ongoing expression of a Believers life, as walking and talking are to physical life. It has its root in God and it is found in the scriptures as one of the things that indicate that you are a child of God.

Lets take a look into ‘Christian Hospitality’. By the way of definition, Hospitality is defined as, “The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, or with kind and generous liberality” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1830).

This is what the Bible says about hospitality – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:8-11 NIV)

Hospitality is one of the virtues that you must possess as a Christian. As a matter of importance, it is one of the marks of a mature Christian. Paul, in his epistle to Titus, included being hospitable as one of those marks that ought to be present in our church leaders. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God … a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; (Titus 1:7-9) Peter exhorts all his Christian readers to be hospitable, and like Paul, links hospitality with good stewardship of the gifts God has given us.

How best do you practice hospitality?

Hospitality must be practised without grumbling. It could amount to pride if you feel imposed upon when you are asked to serve others. But hospitality rendered with a truly humble spirit, without pretense or pride, is a beautiful manifestation of the work of the Spirit of God in the lives of His people. Hospitality affords you the opportunity to touch other lives, promote peace within the church and our families, witness, encourage those who are labouring for the kingdom, uphold those who are suffering, and comfort those in the midst of trials. What a privilege to be used of God for such important things!

There are many challenges to providing hospitality, but you must not let them become excuses. The Bible says: … but wisdom is profitable to direct (Eccl 10:10).

The focus of hospitality is on your guests, not on your immaculate housekeeping, or your fine china and silver. Setting too high expectations for such things is often a matter of pride.

Your Guests care less!

Focusing on your guests is a good way to overcome the problem of how you feel, when you bring them in. After all, your guests will still enjoy themselves whether your ceiling is painted or your carpet matches the wall. Their meal is not ruined if it’s served on paper plates or china. Your guests will remember your conversation and fellowship, long after the plates and furniture are forgotten. It now depends on your priority.

Ways To be Hospitable

  • Invite people over for dinner
  • A person without transportation could be invited to come along on your trip
  • You could cook and send to a neighbour that could not afford the next meal
  • You could include your neighbours in your picnic plan.

In all of these situations a person new to the faith or new in your neighbourhood may feel freer to ask questions. The better people know each other, the less likely they are to misinterpret or mistrust one another which adds to the harmony in community, churches and families.

Hospitality, as it was stated above, has its root in God. Therefore, you cannot be hospitable if you are not born of God. Hospitality is born out of love and God is love.

Isaac Success Oloye

(Coiled from David Oyedepo Ministries)




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