What do you picture when you think of hospitality? Do you envision a home cooked dinner with friends in an immaculate house? While that is certainly one form of showing hospitality, it can take on many other forms as well.
Romans 12:10-13 says “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”
Merriam-Webster defines the term hospitality as “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests.”
It doesn’t necessarily have to involve an elaborate meal. Rather, hospitality can be simply opening one’s home to others.
I recently met a young woman at church who is also relatively new to our area. I’m (hopefully) in my last month of this pregnancy.Unfortunately, this means that I don’t have my normal amount of energy. Despite this, I invited her over for coffee one morning. This was probably the most simple instance of hospitality possible. We made coffee in my Keurig and chatted for about an hour and a half.
It was simple, but she let me know later that our time together had been an encouragement to her. Hospitality isn’t about showing off our homemaking skills. It’s about being encouraging and showing the love of Christ to others.
Learning to be a better homemaker is important, and it’s something that I’m striving towards. However, I can’t let the perfect “be the enemy of the good.” Even when I can’t pull off elaborate meals, I can still be generous and friendly with what I have. My attempt this week taught me that even something simple can still be an encouragement to others.
Hospitality is for HIS glory, not for my own glory.
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” – 1 Peter 4:9