Friday, August 3, 2012

Hospitality

This post was actually inspired by some good friends of our who happen to be staying with us right now. I just love playing hostess...

In the Biddle House (aka our house) hospitality is something that has been at the top of the priority list since Justin and I were married in 2009. It is something we take very seriously, and other than the four months when Jonah was born, but we still didn't have our new home; we have always had a guest room available for anyone who needed it. (During those four months, we gladly offered our own bed, and slept with Jonah in his room) God has blessed us, and we find great joy in sharing those blessings whenever we have the opportunity.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 12:13:
"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
But hospitality isn't just mentioned in Romans, it's throughout the Bible. There are countless stories of people showing Jesus and the disciples hospitality and being blessed for it. Then their is Abraham who entertained three strangers, and was blessed with children because of it!
{A major key to practicing hospitality is not to grumble. It even says so in 1 Peter 4:9.}
A verse I enjoy just thinking about is Hebrews 13:2:

"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."


My goal with this post wasn't to lecture you about hospitality, or to brag that we are blessed; my goal was to get you thinking how you can help others. Can you take a co-worker out to lunch? Do you have a spare room that you can let a missionary spend a night in? Does a new mom need a dinner dropped off? There are so many ways to show hospitality to others, and you may never know how it may touch their lives; but the blessings you will reap will be countless. Hey, you might even meet an angel and not know it.

1 comment:

  1. Even though I we disagree on religion, I loved this post.

    I don't usually do a lot of hostess-ing, but I always open my apartment (one bedroom and all) to my friends that come into town.

    Also, it makes good economic sense, why pay for a hotel room and have to drive to see your friends especially when they are just down the hallway. Much cheaper if we just crashed with each other and make meals in.

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