Recently my husband and I took time to get away for a few days. Our time had been filled with various responsibilities so we were particularly eager for a time of rest. I had planned the title for this blog even before I had left home, and I had a sense of what I wanted to write about. I had thought about God’s hospitality in terms of the beauty that His creation provides for us – the majesty of the ocean, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the sounds of the birds, the glistening, jumping fish.
On the first morning of our time away, I thought that I would look in scripture at the hospitality of God; however, ‘Hospitality’ was not in the concordance in my Bible. Instead I was directed to ‘Kindness’. As I scanned the entries to ‘Kindness’ down to the Kindness of God, I came to Titus 3:4-7… in giving us salvation:
But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared [in human form as the Man, Jesus Christ], He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we would be justified [made free of the guilt of sin] by His [compassionate, undeserved] grace, and that we would be [acknowledged as acceptable to Him and] made heirs of eternal life [actually experiencing it] according to our hope (His guarantee).
What did this passage teach me about the hospitality of God?
- His character is good and kind
- He is our Savior
- He loves mankind
- He appeared as the Man, Jesus Christ
- He saved us
- We had no righteousness that we had done
- He saved us by His own compassion and mercy
- He made us clean by causing us to be born again
- He renewed us by the Holy Spirit
- He poured out the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Savior
- Out of His compassionate and undeserved grace, He made us free of the guilt of sin
- He acknowledged us as acceptable to Him
- He made us heirs of eternal life
- He guaranteed His gift
This is the true hospitality of God! He has opened our minds, our hearts, our eyes, our being to invite us and bring us in to Himself for forever. And now we can rightly acknowledge the Giver of the glorious created world as we bask in the majesty of the ocean, the vastness of the stars, the brilliance of the sun as it rises, the beautiful variety of sea shells, the sound of the birds, the delight of jumping fish, and rest.