Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers;
for thereby some have entertained angels unaware Hebrew 13:1-2, KJV
is defined by the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 2006 as friendly and generous behaviour towards
guests or food, drink or services that are provided by an organization for
etc. Katsina State in Nigeria is tagged, Home of
hospitality. Everyone feels welcome when there are hospitable people around.
Hospitality is the core of making life beautiful for people when they are far
in the Christendom is entertaining strangers and it goes beyond that, we would
look at examples of hospitable people in the Bible and the result in the
society at that time and we bring it to our contemporary life.
AND THE ANGELS:
Father Abraham has been set aside from his kindred
from Genesis 12; he has been separated from his cousin, Lot in Genesis 13. This
is an indication of his love for his relatives; he has paid his tithe to
Melchizedek. God has made a covenant with him in Genesis 15. Abraham had a son
through his wife’s maid, Hagar. Up to this point he was Abram by name. However
it is obvious that he was a great man already, he had moved with God but he still
got a message about the progress of his family as a result of his hospitality.
The book of Genesis 18:1-11. It is the story of how Abraham entertained some
guests; he called them into the house, gave them a threat and eventually they
made him know that according to the time of life, Sarah shall have a son. We
would not consider the unbelieving behaviour of Sarah but there is an important
lesson, ENDEAVOUR TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF YOUR SOCIAL STATUS, THEY
COULD HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU.
AND THE SPIES:
Rahab is a prostitute. The equivalent of prostitution
either as fornication or adultery is forbidden in the Bible. In the book of
Exodus 20:14 and Deuteronomy 5:18, ‘thou shall not commit adultery’. Leviticus
20:10 reads, ‘if a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, both
the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death’. It shows how abominable sex out of wedlock
is scriptural even before we get to the time of Rahab.
the book of Judges, a prostitute became hospitable and this was the turning
point for her family. Her hospitality made her family separated at a time of
destruction. Rahab had put her life on the line because of these spies by
telling the assailants that they are not with her. She got connected with the vision
of the spies and made a request that her soul should be preserved when they are
taking over the land, Joshua 2:12-14. YOU CAN ALSO CONNECT WITH THE VISION OF
YOUR GUESTS AND IN TURN GET THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILY PRESERVED. Ultimately she
was one of the matriarchs of David and ultimately, Jesus Christ.
CHRIST AND HIS MINISTRY:
We must look at the hospitable Spirit and
lifestyle of Jesus Christ if we want to complete this teaching about
hospitality. Jesus never made anyone suffer; he gave children a space as well
Matthew 19:13-15. He fed thousands of people to demonstrate hospitality Matthew
14:13-21, Matthew 15:32-39. He preached hospitality with a parable on the final
judgement. Matthew 25:35-40, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was
thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was in
prison and you came to me’. Vs 40, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of
the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF
EVERYONE WITHIN YOUR REACH.
AND HIS MINISTRY
: Galatians 6:9-10 says,’ and let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap
it, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith’
. DO GOOD TO
hospitality to missions is also crucial, you support missions and the
missionaries in prayer, II Thessalonians 3:1, Paul requested for prayers and
also by housing missions. Paul stayed with Peter for fifteen days; this implies
care for the missionary. I Corinthians 16: 19 talks about Aquila and Priscilla
salute you much in the Lord, with the church in their house. You will truly be
hospitable to have a church in your house. YOU SHOULD KEEP PRAYING AND CARING
FOR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES.
guest should not take hospitality for granted. This is also seen in the
ministry of Paul, Philippians 4:16-19, he spoke of how his needs were met
despite being far away. He also spoke about his profession, as a tent maker,
Acts 18: 3, he resided with people of similar crafts. He was not lazy even as a
missionary. Then, Paul kept in touch with his hosts from time to time,
Colossians 4:7-18, he gave them updates through Tychicus while he, Paul, was
updated through the same person. DON’T TAKE YOUR HOSTS FOR GRANTED, BE HARDWORKING
DESPITE BEING CATERED FOR, AND KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR HOST.
he was discussing the marks of true Christians, he mentioned in the book of
Romans 12:13; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. It
is also a crucial attribute of a Bishop, I Timothy 3:2; Paul admonished Timothy
in this letter. Elders too are expected to be a lover of hospitality, Titus1:8.
MINISTERS AND ELDERS MUST BE HOSPITABLE TO EVERYONE IN AND OUT OF HIS
CONGREGATION; IT MUST BE A CHARACTER TRAIT OF THEIR PERSONALITY.
book of II Timothy 1:16-18 Paul prayed for Onesiphorus for standing by him when
he was in chains and ministered unto him in both Rome and Ephesus. YOU GET
BLESSED WHEN YOU ARE HOSPITABLE.
to all lovers about hospitality is in the book of I Peter 4:8-9, ‘above all, keep loving one another
earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one
another without grumbling.
BE WILLINGLY HOSPITABLE WITH A FREE HEART.
AND THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
: The great King Solomon, the prince of David,
the person who built the temple gave in to the Queen of Sheba I Kings 10:1-13.
He revealed all that he had to her. By the time we got to the book of I Kings
11:1-8, we found out that Solomon was no more in consonance with God. He
started worshipping the idols introduced to him by all these foreign women.
This led to God’s annoyance with him; the Kingdom was eventually torn into two.
THE EASIEST WAY THE DEVIL HAS INTO YOUR LIFE IS THROUGH THE OPPOSITE SEX. MAKE
SURE YOU DON’T ACCEPT EVERYTHING INTRODUCED TO YOU BY STRANGERS. Remember your
Creator in the days of your youth, Ecclesiastes 12:1.
AND THE BABYLONIAN EUNUCHS
: In the book of II Kings 20 and II
Chronicles 32: 24-33. Hezekiah the King was at the point of death, he prayed
and fasted, and then fifteen more years added unto him. The envoy of the King
of Babylon came as friends but they were actually fiends. Unfortunately,
Hezekiah showed them all the treasure of the land. The word of the Lord came to
him that other generations after him would be slaves in Babylon. DON’T GET TOO
CARELESS TO OPEN UP TOTALLY TO STRANGERS
in our quest for hospitality, we should understand that we are not expected to
be that friend in the book of Luke11:5-12; where a friend arrived at midnight
and made a request but he did not obliged until the friend persisted and he
eventually harkened to his friend. IN AND OUT OF SEASON, EITHER IT IS
CONVENIENT OR NOT, BE HOSPITABLE.
Bible is full of hospitable people and lifestyle, let us emulate this lifestyle
and make the world a better place. We would affect lives positively when we are
given to hospitality. Remember, it is more blessed to give than to receive.