Generous hospitality means being kind and welcoming to everyone we meet. Our generous hospitality can be a doorway Jesus uses to connect with them.
Hospitality is a big business today, a vast empire of chefs, bakers, designers, builders, decorators, redecorators, rehabbers, and party planners. Hospitality has taken on epic proportions.
When people hear “hospitality” they usually think about inviting people over for a meal or event like a birthday party, graduation party, Superbowl party, movie marathon, or something like that. Those kinds of things do require hospitality. But we’re talking about something different, something bigger.
We’re talking about inviting someone into your life, and the willingness to be invited into someone else’s life.
Generous hospitality includes a lot of things — how we interact with people, view people, welcome people, listen to people, converse with people, and more. It’s not just about throwing or hosting a party. It’s about offering generous and sincere kindness, friendship, and welcome to all people.
Generous hospitality can happen anytime, anywhere by simply showing up and being fully present, fully engaged, and fully available to be used by God in the life of another person by sharing myself, my time, my friendship, my abilities, and my resources.
Hospitality flows from a solid understanding (head) of Jesus’ example that shapes our attitudes (heart) and influences our actions (hands). In other words, hospitality flows out of the whole person as we abide in Christ and become more like him.
Listen to some thoughts from BibleProject about God as a generous host HERE.
Begin with a conversation starter, then use these warmup questions.
READ & REFLECT
Use one or more of these passages to see what scripture says about spending time in worship. You can also engage with the passage by copying out part of it, rewriting it as a prayer, rephrasing it as its opposite, summarizing it with a single word or phrase, making a list or chart of similar and dissimilar things, or turning it into something visual like a doodle, design, or flowchart.
JESUS' EXAMPLE: Read Luke 19:1-10 (Jesus and Zacchaeus), Luke 8:40-56 (Jesus, Jairus, and the bleeding woman), or Mark 10:13-16 (Jesus with little children)
POSITIVE EXAMPLE: Read Acts 10:1-17 (Peter and Cornelius)
NEGATIVE EXAMPLE: Read Luke 10:38-42 (Jesus at Martha and Mary's house)
TEACHING PASSAGE: Read Luke 14:7-14 (parable about the wedding feast) or Luke 10:25-28 (loving neighbor as self)
How does that one main thing relate to your own life of following Jesus?
SOME IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO SHOW GENEROUS HOSPITALITY
MORE VERSES ABOUT GENEROUS HOSPITALITY (from NLT)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:8-9, NIV)
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34, NIV)
If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:7-10)
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