One of the greatest blessings our family enjoyed together was the ministry of hospitality. Our children grew up expecting people to be in our home. What rich memories we share – the blessings have truly been ours. “Offer hospitality to one another,” 1 Pet 4:9. Hospitality is love in action. We open our hearts by opening our homes. Sue and I continue to be blessed through this ministry.
Hospitality played a key role with NT church growth, Acts 5:42. The home is a natural setting for sharing the gospel – non-threatening, informal and personal. The first Gentile converts were not saved in a cathedral but in the home of Cornelius, Acts 10. “But I don’t have a big house.” Hospitality isn’t to impress others – it’s done to express God’s love! “But I’m not the entertaining type.” Hospitality isn’t an option for certain personalities – it’s a command for every Christian.
Today the Missions Team wishes to encourage us in our hospitality. Sue and I have found we must plan for it. We need to seek opportunities in which to practice it. It won’t always be convenient – and as Peter reminds us, we’re to do it without grumbling. It doesn’t have to be a five-course dinner. It can be sharing fellowship over a bowl of soup. Reach out. Inviting guests to our homes is a wonderful way to show others that “they belong here.”