Hospitality is a lost art among the church, yet Jesus spent a lot of time displaying it and receiving it from others. Hospitality is more than just inviting friends over for a party or opening your home during the holidays, but rather a way of life. Although it may take the form of inviting people over, it involves more than a home because Jesus had no home.
Hospitality involves a cheerful and giving heart and a willingness to offer what we have to others to meet their needs, particularly our brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you struggle with hospitality, try this: Creating a gift basket for a new neighbor, meeting the financial needs of a struggling missionary, or offering a tissue or shoulder for a sad friend to cry on are all tangible examples of displaying hospitality to others.
But hospitality may also mean humbling yourself to receive hospitality from others when you are struggling. When you have a financial, spiritual or emotional need, do you reach out to your church body for assistance, or do you keep quiet, embarrassed of your need in the first place? Jesus accepted food and gifts from others freely and we should, too. The more we give of ourselves to others the humbler and Christlike we become.
Spiritual disciplines can be difficult to practice. But as with exercise and proper nutrition, they help us mentally and emotionally. Better still, it draws us closer to God in intimacy and fellowship, which gives purpose and meaning both in our lives and in others’ lives too.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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