Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:9,10 NIV)
Hospitality to me is offering your home to others. Before I can expound on that thought, I want to share what I think of when I think of home.
Home to me is beautiful feeling, a place you belong. Home is the people who love you. Home is about the best that you are and the best you can offer.
Therefore, hospitality is not just about hosting someone in your physical home – it’s about extending love to others through the home you have. It’s about helping others have a place where they belong. It’s about being real, and giving of yourself. It’s about putting your heart out there and not worrying about the judgment of others.
When someone comes to your home, it’s about sharing love, not about impressing your guests. Wherever you are, it’s recognizing that everything we have comes from God and is for His glory. Holding nothing back from those in need.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.(2 Corinthians 9:12 NIV)
So when you hesitate to invite a friend or a stranger into your home – is it pride? Are you worried they won’t feel welcome, or that they will find your home lacking according to the world’s standards? When you hesitate to share your gifts and your blessings – are you grumbling that they aren’t good enough?
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.(2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV)
God gives us what we need to carry out his work. What we have is good enough. Home is about heart – if Christ is in yours, others will always feel welcome there.