We usually think about a welcoming party as something that we have when someone comes home. Yet perhaps this should be a frequent activity among Christians. I am talking about hospitality. Now you might think that this only for some. I would say that there are indeed some people better at hospitality then others. Yet let me challenge you to reconsider being hospitable to others. Hospitality should be a Christian virtue we aspire to.
Hospitality is a command that we should obey. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:8-9) It seems that we are to have fervent (hot) love for one another. Why? Because verse 7 says the end is near. Striving for some godly endeavor is to be hospitable to others. Having someone in your home takes planning and work both before, during, and after. Even with its difficulty it is like stirring up a fire for the saints of God. And all of this without grumbling. We might be inclined to say it’s to much work . , we don’t have enough room, or I am not that kind of person. These are all excuses that should not excuse us from loving someone and obeying the Word.
Another commandment to show hospitality. This clearly stated in regards to love in Romans 12:7-13.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Love seems to be shown in the action of hospitality. Given to hospitality almost as if we can’t help ourself but look for opportunities. Perhaps even to the point that we might entertain angels Hebrews 13:9. Ever wonder if you’ve done that. I am not sure that Lot knew when angels visited in Genesis 19. He even made a feast for them. Talk about entertain strangers. Let us consider just a few more verses.
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have bornewitness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
This passage was written to a brother Gauis. His kindness was spoken of by Paul in Romans 16:23 as the host to him and host to the whole church. So when we see this passage we need think about this man who was a host not only to Paul and I am assuming John but also to strangers in Christ. Gaius seems to be a great example of hospitality to us.
So let us be moved to hospitality. Plan a welcoming party. Yes it takes work but it is well worth it to stir up love and good works. Get some food. Plan something to eat. Buy a Welcome Door Mat. Clean the home and be given to hospitality.