Hospitality

WHY

Hospitality creates a safe, open space where a friend or stranger can enter and experience the welcoming spirit of Christ in another. In keeping company with Jesus, we offer his welcoming heart to others. This faith practice of Hospitality was so integral to the Gospel that others often experience the hospitality of Jesus around a dinner table sharing a meal.

 “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15-7)

WHAT

How many of us feel the pressure to have the house in pristine shape, pillows nicely placed on the couch, kids’ toys and clothes picked up, floors vacuumed? You get the point…we’ve all prepped our house for company almost as if we wanted them to give us an offer on the house. But hospitality is not about entertaining or impressing your guests with your “nice” house. Hospitality is more about welcoming others into your home, your clique, group, life…whatever it might be, so they feel the grace, shelter, and presence of Jesus.

HOW

Now that you know what hospitality is and why it matters, we want to give you some tangible ways of how to offer hospitality to others God places in your life.

  • Share your home, food, resources, car and all that you call your own so that another might experience the reality of God’s welcoming heart.
  • Loving, not entertaining, the guest.
  • Spontaneously inviting people for a meal.
  • Reaching out to people who are outside of your close-friend group.
  • Hosting an exchange student.

FIRST STEP

Spend time this week inviting one person from your neighborhood over for coffee, lunch, dinner.
OR
Invite someone in your school to sit with you during lunch.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl