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Pursuing Hospitality
8/1/2016

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

In a previous devotional titled, Having The Heart of a Good Samaritan, we looked at what God’s word says about distributing to the needs of the Saints. Hospitality is the next step of being generous and loving with what God has given us. Being hospitable means we are to be welcoming, friendly, warm, cordial, generous, and kind to others. The Greek translation of this verse literally means that we are to be pursuing the love of strangers.

Q:           What does this practically mean to us?

This simply means we’re not just to meet the needs of those who come to us for help—but are to be proactively looking for the opportunity to help others.

When we are being hospitable to others, it is important we do so with sincerity. Our mindset should be as if we are doing it for God, rather than looking for some sort of payoff from those we are entertaining and serving. Unfortunately, all too often some will choose to give with the hope of getting something back—perhaps a perk, such as a job, an important connection, or some other type of gratuity or recognition. This is an improper hospitality, and its foundation is ulterior motives.

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees about these types of motives, and He gave us clear instruction as well. 

“When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:13-14 (NKJV)

So Jesus is saying, when we invite people over, let’s not just choose to invite those people who can do something for us; who can pay us back for inviting them; who will include us into their circle of friends, or who will return our invitation. When we are contemplating inviting folks over, let’s make sure we invite the least of these (cf. Matt. 25:45) as well, and share some sincere hospitality with them—showing them the love of Christ.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to look for opportunities today to be hospitable to others. It could be strangers or other people you have never taken the time to get to know because of your feelings. God wants to do a work in our lives today, and it just may be we are prohibiting Him from doing this very work.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about being hospitable to others by the verses contained within this scripture?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to show hospitality to the least of these, just as Jesus did?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to give you a heart of hospitality and then choose to serve others as if you are doing it unto the Lord.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for teaching me Your Word. Father forgive me for those times I have not gone out of my way to be hospitable to others. Help me to see others as You do Lord. Give me the ability to be what You have called me to be during these opportunities. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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