How many times have you been invited to a meal at someone’s home? Many times, I hope! How else can you really get to know a person, other than being invited into their home, received with grace, relaxing with them over conversation? Our culture isn’t so warm and inviting, especially in these COVID days. We have become individualistic and isolated. We suffer because of it.
If we are to stand against the current culture, we’re going to need to do the things that we are admonished to do as God’s people. One of those things is to love fellow believers well. In Hebrews 13:2 we are told, “Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers – being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” This particular admonition embraces our unique distinction as members of God’s family.
How do we do hospitality in these times?
- Check in on one another with a phone call or a text or email.
- Invite someone over for a dinner outside around a table. It can be outside in the shade of a tree. It doesn’t need to be fancy – a sandwich or fruit or chips or a salad can be enough.
- Just sit and visit with coffee or tea or water.
Who can practice hospitality? Anyone can. You may be a single or a large family or a student. You can invite someone into your home and your life and get to know them.
Many of our life groups are meeting on Zoom right now. Can we practice hospitality on Zoom? Of course we can! Part of hospitality is expressing care and concern for a person. On Zoom you can watch for people who are quiet and removed from the group. Ask them questions. Get them to share about their daily lives. It’s amazing how you can get to know a person better by just being interested in God’s work in their lives.
Why are we to express hospitality? We are told to. But the greater answer is because God has expressed hospitality to us. He has made a costly provision so that any one of us can come to Him and be in relationship with Him. He invites us to come and relax in His presence.
Is there one person or one family God would have you invite into your life?