By HERSHBERGER MIC
What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent closing dates and busy schedules, do we preserve from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian responsibility? Hospitality is frequently noticeable as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed through a stranger. Biblical hospitality is varied. God's name to like the stranger is neither uninteresting nor risky. in its place, it really is a call for participation to event God in a brand new method. no longer in a fashion that depletes our strength, yet constantly in a fashion the place turn into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans frequently do not count on surprises. but biblical hospitality, the decision to like the stranger, promises shock is simply round the nook. The visitor turns into the host. Givers obtain greater than they offer. God is visible within the very unlikely humans. within the approach, we develop into site visitors of the main gracious Host of all.
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She accepted Jesus as he was. She received the person of the Prophet, for a prophet is known by his words. There is nothing more welcoming than being received just as you are. The strangers who come to our door must first of all be accepted as they are, on their own termsgifts, problems, and all. To receive our guests in any other way, with our own agendas, conditions the welcome. The hospitality that pays attention to the guest is the hospitality that receives the guest unconditionally, that listens to hear the word of the Master through the guest.
I was excited to see them, and they seemed overjoyed. They led me to their home and ran up the steps to get their mom. There, for the first time, Vonda and I gave each other a hug. Something happened in that moment. We met as friends. Not daycare director and client. Not superior and inferioror worse, landlord and debtor. We were equals. Vonda took me into her home, which was clean but Page 42 bare. There was no heat in the house, and spring evenings in Missouri are chilly. The children asked for food.
Their support and encouragement in this effort is an invaluable treasure to me. MICHELE HERSHBERGER GOSHEN, INDIANA Page 16 Chapter 1 The Stranger as Host He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. John 1:11 The last time I tried to practice hospitality in the traditional sense of the word, it was a disaster. We had invited some old college friends over, and everything had to be perfect. As I watched over the sizzling hors d'oeuvres on the stove, I whisked the kitchen counter until it sparkled.
A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series) by HERSHBERGER MIC