Move from Hostility to Hospitality


Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
– Matthew 25:40, ESV

Text: Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-46

While entertaining focuses on having a beautiful table decor or preparing gourmet food, biblical hospitality is a demonstration of love… a lifestyle of generosity. Cultivating that lifestyle ignores perfection and entertaining.
Our focus should not be on the perfect meal or presentation, but on letting others see a glimpse of Christ in our hearts.

So, You know how to set a proper table, how to make centerpieces, and to chew with your mouth closed… Scripture is calling you far from proper manners social graces and into the depths of another person’s difficulty.
As the author of today’s devotion states, ” In Matthew 25, we are told that when we love and serve the widows, the orphans, the poor and hurting, we are loving and serving Jesus Himself. On the flipside, when we forget or ignore those in need, we are forgetting and ignoring Christ. We need to open our eyes to the ways we’ve slighted those in need.

It is a hard road to love people in the middle of their difficult circumstances and heartache. But friends, let’s remember this: When we reach out and create a place to love, we are living the Gospel. We are seeking out those who are far off, those who are broken and alienated. We are finding a way to bring them into the fold and lavish them with love, mirroring the way God made a way for us when we had nothing to offer Him.”