Hospitality is the Graciousness of Life

Hospitality is the Graciousness of Life

I believe the gift of hospitality is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated gifts of all.  Hospitality reaches across racial delineations and cultural barriers.  A hospitable person is one who extends an invitation to people outside their immediate family to experience the comfort, cuisine, and characteristics of their home, possessions or personal space.

Hospitality is a quality that requires extending yourself beyond the norm of common courtesies.  It is defined by a grace that cannot be earned or deserved.  Most of us long for an apostolic title or executive name plate, but few realize that the attribute or gifting of hospitality is a quality of servitude that trumps position.  It makes it possible for diplomats and statesmen to network and negotiate in a place of comfort around a table of camaraderie.

Proverbs 11:16

“A gracious woman retains honor.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

Those with the gift of hospitality are not simply gracious homemakers and cooks.  Hospitality prepares an atmosphere of comfort and creativity.

  • Read Luke 10:38-42. It is an illustration that often shows up in sermons. In the story, two sisters Mary and Martha were both gracious to Jesus. Because Martha was so task-driven, we usually criticize her for her busyness and forget that she graciously exemplified hospitality by offering her home as a meeting place for the Master. Would Jesus be comfortable at your house?
  • Put out the welcome mat. Create opportunities to graciously invite people into your life and your home. Make a special effort to help them feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Welcome the gift of hospitality. It is a gift both given and received.  Sometimes it goes unnoticed because it is a “behind the scenes” act of service, but the rewards will follow you into eternity.

“Be devoted to one another…Honor one another above yourselves; Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:10-18 (NIV)

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