Practicing Real Life Hospitality

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Today at Faith Barista we are discussing the gift of hospitality.

The dictionary tells us that hospitality is—

1.the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers. 2.the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.

I could go get my etiquette book by Emily Post and discuss with you the intricacies of how to show proper hospitality. (while being completely dignified and refined, of course) I also have a complete set of Southern Living books that show the most beautiful pictures of home decor and extravagant and mouth watering meals to prepare for ones guests.

Both of these books would do a fine job of showing me how to hold the correct dinner fork, have witty and interesting conversation with my guests, and how to decorate my house like it’s ready to be photographed for a magazine spread.

But, would I be showing real hospitality? Would my guests feel comfortable? Would they want to return to visit with me again?

The Bible tells us many things about hospitality
*Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2 NIV
*Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13 NIV
*Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:8-9 NIV
Jesus shows us a great lesson in hospitality, in putting others before oneself, in the book of John. He was having dinner with his disciples, and he knew that he did not have much time left before he would be arrested, tried and crucified. He literally had the weight of the world on his shoulders and yet he found time to humble himself and teach a valuable lesson to his fellow dinner guests…
…so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.      John 13:4-5 NIV
The Son of God, holy, set apart….dropped to his knees, took the dusty, dirty, much traveled feet of his friends in his hands. The very hands that would soon be pierced for their iniquities, and ours.
If we are able to show hospitality to others, by loving them as Christ loves, I guarantee they will long to visit with you….and it wouldn’t matter if you had matching silver for your caviar or beans and weenies.