By HERSHBERGER MIC
What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent points in time and busy schedules, will we retain 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 by means of a stranger. Biblical hospitality is varied. God's name to like the stranger is neither uninteresting nor risky. in its place, it's a call for participation to adventure God in a brand new means. no longer in a manner that depletes our strength, yet constantly in a manner the place develop into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans often do not anticipate 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 procedure, we develop into visitors of the main gracious Host of all.
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Meet God. Perhaps you've heard the story. The one about the Christmas guest? A lonely, widowed shoemaker is told in a dream that he will host the Christ child on Christmas Day. The man, in great joy, prepares his home for this very special guest. He awakens before dawn to prepare a nourishing breakfast and warm fire. He glances out the window at each passerby. Every mundane activity takes on new meaning as he waits for his guest, who will arrive soon to bless the man's home with his presence.
She dreamed of her late husband, the joy they felt when the baby was first born, and the smell of freshly harvested crops. A knock at the door jolted her back into the present. A stranger stood in the doorway, ragged and dirty. Through the grime, though, she could tell he was a foreigner, possibly an Israelite. What was he doing out here in this forsaken land? What would he do to her? She was so defenseless, with no husband to protect her, no one to run to. He was a stranger, a threat to her already precarious position.
It was as if she were being pulled apart. The food, the table, the drink all seemed to call for her attention at the same time. Who could blame her? Someone had to cook the food. Page 23 Jesus and the disciples had real physical needs. It was necessary work, important work. To neglect any stranger, let alone Jesus, was to breach the moral code. Because it was Jesus, she reasoned, her meal for him should be her best. The more and the harder she worked, the more she demonstrated her love for him.
A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series) by HERSHBERGER MIC