This is what comes to mind when I think about being hospitable. Inviting others into my very tidy home where everything is arranged and all is provided. Sorry, but my life just isn’t that neat.
But is this really what hospitality is all about?
The Bible offers many examples of providing space and a welcome for the stranger. It even calls us to be hospitable to the enemy. What it does not say, though, is anything about what appetizers need to be served and how “put together” that space needs to be. The importance, instead, is in the welcome. The practice of hospitality challenges us to accept others purely on the basis of all of us being children of God.
How do you welcome others?
How does your community welcome others?
To whom might God be calling you to welcome and offer hospitality?