“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
Many of you have your menu planned, decorations out, and grocery list ready to go. Most of you already know where you’re eating, what you’re eating, and who is going to be there.
Most of us love the holiday season and all that it stands for. Women in general love to plan and organizing for holidays. I know that that many of you may already have plans to go somewhere for Thanksgiving or perhaps to host at your own house.
However, may I encourage you to consider inviting a family, church members, or neighbors that have no place to go over for Thanksgiving.
Unless somebody truly enjoys solitude, the holidays can be extremely lonely. On top of that depression rates increase at the holiday season, likely because they are triggered by isolation and lonliness.
Hospitality is Biblical.
We should be hospitable to others, not because we are trying to impress others with our showpiece home or delectable cuisine, but out of love.
We were loved first, therefore we are to love others. We were served first and are to serve others without holding back.
Over the years we have invited random families, friends, church members, and neighbors over for different holidays, but the main holiday seemed to be Thanksgiving. My extended family is so large that we are divided up between in-laws and distance has divided many of us.
My children are learning a different type of hospitality. One that leads us out of our comfort zone and out into a world that needs Jesus.
What is Hospitality?
“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined”. Titus 2:8
“…and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” 1 Timothy 5:10“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
Christian hospitality is the opening of our hearts and homes to others. It is not about the best food or decor.