(Selective Hospitality), I realized that we really need to look into an aspect of the Christian life that is often not talked about much, which is the ministry of hospitality. I had never realized until I got into the Scripture and started digging out what the Word has to say about hospitality, how important this subject is to God and how important a subject it is to our culture.
The rest of this post is mostly in Nancy Leigh Demoss' words. She says, “You know when you read about hospitality in the biblical days, it's easy to think, Well that was just something they needed in their culture because they didn't have hotels and restaurants.
Now days it seems we don't need to have people into our homes and have hospitality in the same way. But as I began to meditate on the principles of hospitality and God's heart behind hospitality, I realized that our culture needs this ministry maybe more than any previous culture.
Think about the kind of day we are living in. This is a world where people tend to put up high walls around themselves. I think of the words lonely, fearful and suspicious when I think of this culture--so many people who are wounded, people who are detached because they have been hurt in relationships.
The ministry of hospitality is a powerful weapon for breaking down walls. It's a weapon for penetrating our culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ--a culture that is so wounded and hurt.”
Question: What stops you from practicing hospitality?
Are you perhaps thinking, “I am so busy” or maybe you are thinking,”No way! You should see my house; it's a wreck or I hate to cook. There's no way I could have the ministry of hospitality.”
Well, hang in there, because my next post is going to be all about the benefits of extending hospitality. This will be a series, so keep tuning in, you won't want to miss it!