A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The by HERSHBERGER MIC

By HERSHBERGER MIC

What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent time cut-off dates and busy schedules, will we retain from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian accountability? Hospitality is frequently visible as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed by means of a stranger. Biblical hospitality is various. God's name to like the stranger is neither uninteresting nor risky. as an alternative, it's a call for participation to event God in a brand new means. no longer in a manner that depletes our strength, yet consistently in a manner the place develop 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 provide. God is noticeable within the very unlikely humans. within the procedure, we develop into site visitors of the main gracious Host of all.

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Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet, represents the contemplative life; Martha, the doer, represents winning salvation by good works. But this is not a story placing those two priorities against each other. Writer Luke intentionally placed this journey story after the parable of the good Samaritan, where hearing the word of the Lord (Luke 10:24) meant following the example of the despised Samaritan. We are to "go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37). For Luke, service is highly valued, but if it is grounded in anything other than a transformative experience with God, it is unacceptable.

The Lord said he commanded her to supply Elijah with food. But her reply to Elijah seemed to indicate that she was not fully aware of the command. "As the Lord your God lives," she said. It was an oath, an oath not to be taken lightly. "I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug. I Page 39 am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die" (1 Kings 17:12). Why did she do it? Why, in her desperate situation, did she say yes to Elijah?

I never told her otherwise. Page 43 Vonda gave me a gift that day. Oh, her life and the lives of her children were spared that day, but so was mine. I saw God that day. If I never, ever, receive a gift like that again, it will be enough. It will be enough. Reluctant Giving When I was growing up, I was encouraged to be a cheerful giver. The idea behind things like hospitality, I was taught, was to have the right motivation for these acts of love.

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