On Sunday evening, September 22nd, I taught on sharing the unconditional love of God through hospitality.
Godly hospitality should first be demonstrated to our family, then to friends and even to the occasional stranger. As the woman of the home we have the opportunity to create a warm and loving sanctuary where our loved ones can find solace and comfort or a sterile environment where we sleep, bathe, change clothes and maybe catch a glimpse of each other while we are charging our cell phones.
This progressive, social media world we live in has forgotten the art of opening the doors of our home in demonstration of God’s love in action. Throughout scripture, we find examples of hospitality—Abraham and Sarah entertained the angels of the Lord, Rebecca served Isaac’s servants, Mary and Martha served the Lord and His disciples and even Jesus hosted His followers in the upper room.
Hebrews 13:2 (AMP), says “Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” The goal of every believer should be to learn from God’s Word and strive to show His love through our actions.
Genuine hospitality begins in the heart, coupled with a servant’s spirit and a genuine desire to give to and receive from others. What do you give? Your valuable time and sincere effort. What do you receive? The joy of blessing those you serve and beautiful memories around the table that will last a lifetime. What’s behind it all? The love of God!
Hospitality doesn’t have to be a burden—it should be seen as a privilege. I invite you to click the “Download Recipes” button below and enjoy the simple yet delicious recipes I shared with our congregation. I encourage you to use these recipes to bless your family and friends and see what God can do through you when you allow the spirit of hospitality into your heart.