Hospitality

 

Hospitality in Christendom goes beyond doing well to one another. It is far beyond being friendly or generous to friends, visitors or strangers in its literal form. Why? Because Hospitality as revealed in the scriptures is part of spiritual ministration that we have been exhorted to participate in as children of God. It is good to be kind and to entertain others, but much better that we do them for the sake of godly understanding. Just as it is written that we are the body of Christ, and we are many members therein, (Romans 12:4, KJV).
This means that we have different roles, and we cannot be performing the same role at the same time. Because in the human body, the hand does the work of the hand and does not go beyond its bounds to perform the function of the ear or mouth. This means that we are to help one another in the Lord, just as iron sharpens iron.
Even though we are in the contemporary world now in the 21st century where we do mind our businesses more than in the ancient times, hospitality still holds, and it is relevant. You never can tell when you will get repaid for what you have for someone today. Hospitality is another means by which we show mercy to those around us, knowing that someone in any kind of discomfort is flesh and blood like us, therefore we have the feelings that they have from imagination, and we are able to do our best for them. In this, the word of Jesus is made manifest that, love your neighbors as yourselves, (Matthew 22:39, NKJV). And in another place the Lord said, ‘‘therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets, (Matthew 7:12, KJV).

In the last scripture quoted above, doing to others as you would like to be done to you is the law and the prophets because it show cases love, that is, love is the means by which the commandments of God are fulfilled. If you love your neighbor, you won’t steal, kill, maim or want to harm them, hence, what the law and the teachings of the prophets have been looking forward to achieving is automatically fulfilled in us who believe in Jesus Christ, and we do not need Jewish and Mosaic teachings again. We only need to walk in love in the New Testament, and showing of hospitality to others is one of the ways by which by which the New Testament of Jesus is revealed in us.
Hebrews 13:2, says, ‘‘be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’’ This means that by hospitality, it is possible to receive a long awaited blessing from God, just as when angels visited Abraham and Sarah, and they released the blessing of God on them for the release of a son. Apostle Peter talked in 1 Peter 4:9 that hospitality shouldn’t be done grudgingly; Apostle Paul also talked many times about the goodness of hospitality as part of the practice of the gospel, and these can be found in Romans 12:13, 1Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8 just to show us that we should be the good sons and daughters of our Father in heaven.

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