How to Practice Hospitality

The Bible heartily encourages Christians to practice hospitality. 

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality (Rom. 12:13).

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers… (Heb. 13:2).

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Pet. 4:9).

The basis for showing hospitality to others is, of course, the gospel itself. Jesus walked this earth eating and drinking with his disciples and friends, and he promises an everlasting feast for his people in the new heavens and new earth.

Although the Bible is clear that the practice of hospitality is an important element of the Christian life, it does not tell believers how they are to do this. Christians are instructed regarding the kind of attitude they should have (“without grumbling”), but no further examples are given.

Here are a few ways to help you show hospitality to others. 

Come up with a list of several meals and dessert recipes that you know how to make well. Use these as your staples for whenever you invite guests over.

Make a list of people that you have invited over for a meal or dessert night. This way you can track how often you are showing hospitality, and can see if you have forgotten to invite someone over.

Plan ahead on behalf of your guests. If you invite a family over with young children, be sure to start the meal earlier and work around the family’s bedtime schedule. Give people an invitation at least one or two weeks ahead of time so they can put it on their calendars.

Assess your attitude before your guests arrive. Remember that you are seeking to show hospitality because God has shown hospitality toward you in Christ. Cultivate a welcoming atmosphere that encourages your family and friends, and even strangers, to seek to know the living God.

Pray for your guests before they arrive and after they leave. Use the list of invited people to remind you who to pray for and what to pray specifically about for every person you welcome into your home.

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Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is lead pastor of Redemption Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has contributed to Modern Reformation and other places, and is a writer for Core Christianity. Nick and his wife, Gina, have three sons. He blogs at nicholasmartindavis.com. Connect with Nicholas on Twitter @MundaneMinister.

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