Okay, let's dive right in.
We want our home to be a sanctuary where our guests feel special.
Our goal is that our guests would have a life changing, transformational experience with us. The Holy Spirit is in charge of making that happen, but we know that part of the experience is determined by the kind of atmosphere we create.
In order for real hospitality to happen, there must be a cordial reception and a generous treatment of our guests. It means providing a comfortable place for them, sharing time, tenderness and thoughtfulness with them.
To that end, would you join us for dinner and discussion?
Here is what is on the menu tonight:
Herb Roasted Chicken: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Summer Squash, Spinach Salad, Sorghum Glazed Baby Carrots, and Warm Chocolate Pudding Cups
Is your mouth watering yet?
Across every culture, food unites people together for the ultimate shared experience.
Think about it for a second.
We share so much when we gather together to eat delicious food. It sparks in-depth conversations and moments of vulnerability and laughter.
Some of our most cherished experiences in life revolve around food.
One of the spiritual gifts mentioned in Romans 12:13 is “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” The Greek word is “koinonia” (pronounced koy-no-nee’-uh) or life sharing.
Food and hospitality go hand in hand.
Not only that, but they also are allegorical of one another.
Hospitality is the table by which the food is set on. It is the foundation and purpose behind the food.
But hospitality is similar to food in what it does to those who receive it.
What are the ingredients of hospitality?
Those who prepare the food offer service to those eating. The one who prepares the food, nourishes the ones who eat it.
Service requires generosity. You are giving up your time and energy to prepare a meal that nourishes others.
- Hospitality pours itself out.
- It pours into others and refreshes others.
- Hospitality is about giving.
- Hospitality satisfies the needs of others.
Hospitality always looks out for the interest of others. It is not self-serving.
“For God so loved the world that He gave…”
Generosity is the benchmark of hospitality.
Even though we are only with our guests for 1 or 2 weeks, our prayer is that we would truly share life with them in that short span of time.
The Gift of Hospitality
That leads us to the question, what does it take to live out the gift of hospitality?
1. IT TAKES STAMINA TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
2. IT TAKES CREATIVITY.
3. IT TAKES VISION TO SEE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.
4. IT TAKES COMPASSION.
5. IT TAKES ATTENTIVENESS TO HEAR YOUR GUESTS’ NEEDS.
6. IT TAKES HUMILITY.
7. IT TAKES CONSIDERATION OF YOUR GUESTS’ NEEDS.
8. IT TAKES CONSISTENCY.
9. IT TAKES FAITH THAT HE WILL PROVIDE FOR YOUR NEEDS.
10. IT TAKES LOVE.