What do you typically think of when you hear the word “hospitality”? What cultural connotations does that word have?
God created room for us through his Son, Jesus. Our only response can be to create room for others. How should this truth shape our practice of biblical hospitality?
Can you think of someone in your life who has extended true, biblical hospitality to you during a time of need? How did that affect you?
What does it look like for you to live “with open hands” with the things that are important to you? How can you leverage those resources to serve others?
How is biblical hospitality different from our cultural norm of entertaining? What are some practical ways you can move towards practicing biblical hospitality?
Although Lydia is a successful, independent businesswoman, she puts herself in a position to hear God’s truth. She does not rely on her own autonomy.
When God changes Lydia’s heart through the gospel, her entire life is transformed.
Likewise, when Jesus takes our sin and transforms our lives, we can look at everything from a different perspective. The things he has blessed us with are no longer ours—they are available for the body of Christ.
Lydia’s response of hospitality is immediate and without hesitation. In a decision of inherent risk, she opens her home and her life to people she does not know in order to further God’s kingdom.
Hospitality is about more than opening our homes. It is about opening our lives, making ourselves vulnerable, and using our most treasured resources to care for others.
We often confuse hospitality with entertaining. In our culture, entertaining is about promoting ourselves. In contrast, hospitality is about serving others and reflecting the generosity of Jesus.
Scripture: Acts 16