Scripture for Today: I Peter 4:9-10 “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
One of the reasons I enjoy our century-old Alsacian home is for its guest room. It is not the largest room but it is the nicest with a balcony that overlooks the Vosges mountains. I have so often been a guest in the homes of others that it only makes sense to offer hospitality as often as I can. The bed is actually two singles together so we have different options for our guests. We have a guest book to sign and I enjoy looking back over the years, reading comments and remembering visits.
Hosting others is not always a positive experience. Routines are interrupted. There are new unexplained noises in the night. The utility bill will probably increase and there will certainly be more cleaning before and after a visit. That is why our verse for today mentions grumbling. Hospitality is a service to others but more importantly, it is part of our stewardship to the Lord.
It is a gift to have the space and means to offer hospitality. It is a gift to serve others in any number of ways with whatever the Lord has given us. But the ultimate reason for hospitality or any service to others is “so that in all things the Lord is praised” (verse 11). It is not about me. It is not about how clean my home is or what my guests may think of the decor. The idea is not to impress. The idea is that the Lord is praised and glorified!
Thank you Lord, that opening my home is another way to love and praise You!