Hospitality - how we can unknowingly entertain angels!
Thanks to Dale Zanetti, Director of Visitation's Adult Faith Formation, for this article.
Faithful Christians are a strange minority in our world. Redeemed by Christ, we have turned away from our old lives and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people and things that once claimed us. Conversion starts with the sacrifice of what once was, and the gospel provides for what we have relinquished.
When Peter says to Jesus
“We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.” (
: 28–30). The gospel comes with a house key, and that key unlocks the “hundredfold” of God’s provision of family and community for others.
Hospitality then is the ground zero of the Christian life.
Hospitality isn’t charity or kindness; rather, it transforms the world by taking the gospel upstream of the culture war—where it belongs—and shakes the very gates of heaven for all. Letting us know who we are with God and what our mission is.
Every Christian is called to practice hospitality, but does everyone practice the same? We practice hospitality by sharing our resources and our needs, by serving as both host and guest, as Jesus did when he walked this earth. Hospitality works on the same principle as tithing. You are either giving, or you are receiving. You are either building up the body, or you need the body to build you up. All of us have a stake in hospitality because Jesus does.
We are a people set-apart who love the church, and extol her virtues, and we call others to come into God’s family. Let’s continue to live like we are different. Let us sacrifice and support. We are distinctly set apart for Christ, and we are invested in the world, so we must serve others, we must let others taste and feel that the Lord is good. Hospitality is always our mission.
Hospitality is good for the giver because it puts our lives and hearts on display.
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on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 3:01PM