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Hospitality is close to our hearts at Cornerstone City Church, simply because it’s close to Gods heart.
At its core “Hospitality” is all about inviting people in, sharing, looking after one and another’s needs.
And isn’t that exactly what our Father God did for us when he sent Jesus!
When we show hospitality we are mirroring the Father and acting out His love here on earth.
Hospitality is not about laying on a fancy meal to impress people; in fact Proverbs ch 15 v 7 says
“Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred”
Church pastor and theologian John Piper says “Forget trying to impress anybody. Paper plates are most appropriate for Sunday dinner! Nobody should have to spend Sunday afternoon washing dishes!”
Neither should it be about trying to hang out with the cool people to build up our own entourage of friends!
Rather God asks us to look after one another, the stranger & the least of the least (Matthew 25 & Hebrews 13).
Indeed Paul & Peter both valued hospitality so highly that they included it on a list of required attributes for elders.
Mother Teresa talked about how “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty” and we should always “meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”
What a reminder that hospitality is more to do with what’s in our hearts than in our hands. Who can we show love to? At work, on the street, at church – to the newcomers?
Don’t disqualify yourself from being hospitable because of life’s circumstances … it’s interesting to note that Job (in the Old Testament) famous though he was for undergoing terrible suffering had always sought to be hospitable (Job 31v32)
If you don’t have your own home – don’t let that stop you - The Good Samaritan showed hospitality without setting foot in a home; how about prepare a picnic for someone (Jesus set a precedent for that in John ch21!) … or treat someone to a coffee in town? We also seek to make hospitality part of our gatherings together as a church community, we work to find ways to make sure all our included, seen and welcomed.
You can be certain of one thing, although hospitality may cost you (otherwise why would Peter need to remind us to do it without grumbling in 1 Peter ch4) … you will be blessed back big time. Hebrews ch12 says some who have looked after strangers have been unaware that they have really been looking after angels! Whilst Proverbs ch11 says “A generous person will prosper whoever refreshes others will themselves be refreshed” Amen!#hospitality