When most people hear the word “hospitality” they think of the “hospitality industry” where guests of some sort are treated well.
But hospitality comes up in the Bible too. Romans 12:13 (NLT) says, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
But it doesn’t mean being Martha Stewart all the time, or having a perfect house, or the conversational nuance of a Victorian-era socialite.
In the Bible, “hospitality” means being welcoming, with special attention not only to other Christians, but to people who aren’t in your immediate family or friendship circle.
And practicing hospitality isn’t as intimidating as you might think. It involves…
-inviting a new person into a conversation you’re having with some friends
-asking questions about someone’s life because you actually care who they are or what they do
-not jumping to judgments about what may have happened in someone’s past
-taking the time to respond to someone’s needs—maybe a ride, or maybe just someone to talk to
The world is a lonely place to more people than you think. The world is a scary place to more people than you think. The world is a grey place to more people than you think. The world is an anxious place to more people than you think.
So practice hospitality.
Your hospitality can feel like the friendship of God to someone who needs to know they matter.
By Matthew Ruttan