Alexander Strauch –
Love your neighbor as yourself
In all things give thanks.
Abstain from sexual immorality
Bless those who curse you
We are familiar with many of the commands of Scripture. We know what the Bible says about how to live as a Christ follower. Did you know that we are commanded to be hospitable?
Throughout the New Testament we are commanded again and again to show hospitality and to be hospitable. Yet, somehow it gets lost in the shuffle. We tend to see it as an option, or a suggestion as long it is comfortable to us; not requiring too much effort. But being hospitable is a requirement. It is even one of the requirements for elders, just as being self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined is a requirement.
What does it mean to show hospitality? Here’s a little book (60 pages if you include the study guide) that helps us figure it out. Read the story about an elderly lady who traveled over an hour by bus every Sunday to church, then spent the afternoon in the park waiting for the evening service. During 4 years of attending that church, not one person invited her home for lunch and place to rest.
How often have we listened to guest preachers on Sunday, then went about our business after church and left them to fend for themselves between services? When was the last time you invited someone to your home and shared the gospel? Do we allow our elderly, widowed and single parents to battle their circumstances alone?
As believers, we are uniquely qualified to offer help and hope to a hurting world. Jesus and the apostles commanded that we show hospitality to those around us. Romans 12:13 says, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality”. Let us be found obedient. This little book provides a thorough explanation of hospitality with plenty of examples and suggestions! Get your copy here.