By HERSHBERGER MIC
What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent time cut-off dates and busy schedules, will we maintain from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian accountability? Hospitality is usually obvious as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed through a stranger. Biblical hospitality is various. God's name to like the stranger is neither uninteresting nor risky. as an alternative, it truly is a call for participation to event God in a brand new method. now not in a fashion that depletes our power, yet continuously in a manner the place develop into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans frequently do not count on surprises. but biblical hospitality, the decision to like the stranger, promises shock is simply round the nook. The visitor turns into the host. Givers obtain greater than they provide. God is obvious within the very unlikely humans. within the method, we develop into site visitors of the main gracious Host of all.
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Extra resources for A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series)
In its simplest form, hospitality is seeing the stranger through the eyes of Jesus. It is choosing to look for Jesus in the eyes of each stranger. It is loving the stranger. It is a choice. We choose to reject suspicion as the first reaction to a stranger. We choose to minister alongside others rather than ministering to them. We choose to let go of some of our own control when we meet strangers and when we interact with those we've known for years. We choose to expect surprises from strangersgood surprises that come from God.
That's what the controlling is all about. Wow, if I would have only listened more when she first got here. She just needs to be loved, and loving in this sense is letting her have some control. Now I know, but she leaves tomorrow. 8 Page 25 and the right motivation to please Jesus. But she was seduced from a trustful preoccupation with the kingdom of God by a preoccupation with the practical affairs of life. That's a bad sign for any disciple, even when these practical affairs concern hospitality.
Ancient Concepts of Hospitality Before we can redefine the meaning of hospitality for ourselves, however, we must take a look at its original understandings. In ancient Near Eastern culture, hospitality was of paramount value and importance. It was Page 18 more than oriental custom or simple good manners; it was a sacred duty that everyone was expected to observe. Only the depraved would violate this obligation. In nomadic life where there were few public places to obtain lodging and food, the practice of hospitality was necessary for survival.
A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series) by HERSHBERGER MIC