This year God has been teaching me about hospitality. Ever since experiencing scriptural and spiritual hospitality in very tangible ways this spring, I have been wanting to learn to practice spiritual hospitality myself.
Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, AMP)
It’s important to realize as Christine Pohl points out “A life of hospitality begins in worship, with a recognition of God’s grace and generosity. Hospitality is not first a duty and responsibility; it is first a response of love and gratitude for God’s love and welcome to us.”
We are indeed called to spiritual hospitality. How could we practice it? What could it mean in each of our lives? The Holy Spirit will work differently in each of our lives and that’s the beauty of it. There’s no one-size-fits-all spiritual hospitality. It is the Living God working within each of us uniquely.
Today, as I was finishing reading through the Revelation to John, I realized something new for me about spiritual hospitality.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev.22:17, NIV)
Spiritual hospitality is not ‘just’ about opening our homes and hearts to strangers. Spiritual hospitality is about inviting people to Jesus. Spiritual hospitality is about saying “Come, my friend, to church this Sunday”.
This means….if we do not invite others to come to Jesus….we are spiritually inhospitable. And that goes against everything Jesus taught us and what he sent us to do in this world.
Have mercy on us.
Forgive us for being inhospitable
and not sharing your gifts.
Let us truly learn that
there is enough grace for all of us.
Teach us how to practice spiritual hospitality
wherever we are.
Show us how to love others like you do.
Equip and empower us to invite others to you.
Enable all of us to dance together for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you practice spiritual hospitality?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you invite people to Jesus!