Bro. Timotei addresses the role that hospitality should play in our lives as Christians. What does hospitality actually mean? One little clue. It’s not quite as simple as serving pineapples to your guests! It’s actually amazing to see just how important it is to be hospitable, and how vital it is to letting our light shine. Matthew 25:41-45
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Again in Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
The idea of hospitality, giving and being generous is such a powerful concept, but it’s very important for us to realize that it’s not something that only Christians are capable of. The Airline and hotel industries, have been employing these principles over the last few decades with great success as well. (They’ve adopted a serving mentality) If you’re still not able to get your head around what it means to be hospitable – Here’s the official dictionary definition. – the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. To go one step further, I’d say that adjectives that should apply to Hospitality include: Attentive, courteous, amiable, cordial, agreeable, gracious and welcoming.
SO, after learning what hospitality is, and what hospitality looks like, here are some ways that you and I can apply these principles.
- According to the verses we read earlier, we should look for ways to extend our hospitality to those less fortunate, who might not be able to repay. (Being Generous)
- It can also be a way of promoting fellowship and strengthening relationships.
- Hospitality is not so much having the right tones and inflection when you greet your guests and having all the right delicacies on the menu.
- It can be a bit difficult to practice some of the hospitality principles mentioned above, because we do live in a very rich country, but here are some suggestions – Having a Genuine smile when dealing with people. Offering to go the second mile. Genuinely caring about your customer or the people you’re dealing with.