August 11, 2021 | By Chuck
Hospitality is a friendly reception and welcoming spirit to guests and strangers. Hospitality is exactly what we expect when we are a guest in someone’s home or staying in a hotel on vacation. In fact, if hospitality is not what we receive as guests, we are more than disappointed and may not return. What about hospitality in the church? As a congregation, how are we at showing hospitality?
The Bible is clear that Christians are to be a hospitable people. “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (I Pet.4:9). Peter encourages hospitality from pure motives and a right heart. How do we stack up? “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2). There’s no doubt that hospitality is something the Lord’s church should take seriously. What exactly does this mean?
A hospitable church is one who puts forth much effort to be visitor friendly and accommodating to all guests. We must recognize our guests and make it a point to welcome them. We must make ourselves available to answer questions our first-time guests may have. All in all, a congregation showing hospitality is about treating others as if they are a visitor in your home for the first time. A warm and friendly greeting. An invitation to sit with you and maybe even an invitation to lunch. May we see the importance of showing hospitality.