He brought me to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. -Song of Solomon 2:4
Why is hospitality an important practice for believers? It is living out the greatest two commandments: loving God and loving our neighbors. How can we practice hospitality? We can follow His perfect example as He lovingly invites and welcomes us to His table to enjoy the feast He has prepared.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Rejoice! God who has rescued us, given us life, and is continually working to transform us into the image of Jesus, has also been gracious to us. God does not withhold any good from us; He gives us His very best. Clinging to this miracle of salvation, we can approach each other boldly and openly. Be unafraid of vulnerability, God has made you to be in community and fellowship with one another. So when it seems like someone could use a friend, a call, a hand to hold, a warm meal, a smile, a cup of coffee, or just a “hello” don’t resist the nudge of the Holy Spirit to connect with another soul through a simple act of hospitality.
We love because He first loved us. - 1 John 4:19
Love is the key to being hospitable. God welcomes, loves, and cherishes us. Likewise when we love and serve others, it is evidence of God’s love for them. Believers are called to be the light of the world … so let your light shine! (Matt 5:14-15). Whether we know someone well or not, loving others is a gift given to all believers through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and taking time to see another person in light of how God loves them will undoubtedly open our hearts towards him or her as well. When we then step out in love to offer our time, talents, resources, or table to another, we ourselves have the high honor of sharing in Christ’s great work of restoring and making all things new. God has invited us to imitate His pattern of hospitality through the example of Christ. Accept this invitation and prepare for His transformative work in your heart that will send you out, among all people, shining with the light of God’s love.