Extending an invitation to someone to come for a meal may feel a little overwhelming. It is natural to feel nervous if you have decided to practice Biblical Hospitality. What it takes to practice Biblical Hospitality is a willingness to serve others with a joyful heart.
Saying, “Yes, Lord. I am willing to be used to bless others and extend your love and mercy” is a good thing. You will be blessed. It’s about living an obedient life.
The planning and preparation can be learned. Your home doesn’t need to be perfect. The most important thing you can have is a gracious attitude.
Prayer is Where You Start
The most important thing you can do when inviting guests into your home is pray. Things you can ask the Lord for:
- Your heart to be open to serving others in your home.
- Guests who are coming.
- The Holy Spirit to be present and use you to honor and glorify God.
- Clear thoughts in planning and preparing for the event.
- Good conversation.
- You to know how to connect with your guests.
Being a Hospitable Host
The second most important part of what it takes to practice Biblical Hospitality is being a hospitable host.
Being a hospitable host requires you to:
- Have a welcoming attitude and make your guests feel comfortable. Which means if you are relaxed, your guests will be relaxed.
- Focus on your guests and their needs. Remember, it is not about your home.
- Direct the conversation so that you ask them questions about their lives and interests. This can be done in a natural way. It is also a way to key in on making a connection with them.
- Pursuing unity is always Christ’s focus. Do your best to stay away from controversial topics and subjects. Keep it lighthearted as much as possible.
- Be the gracious host with a relaxed attitude. We will never connect with others if we are judgmental and offensive in our speech and behavior.
For a great resource on Biblical Hospitality, please check out “The Simplest Way to Change the World” Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements.
Be Flexible with Your Time
The last important part of what it takes to practice Biblical Hospitality is be willing to be flexible with your time. Remember, Biblical Hospitality is a way of life. It takes time to connect and build a relationship with others.
You are opening your life and your home to others. Be authentic.
Biblical Hospitality is a willingness to serve others with a joyful heart. The planning and preparation will always be secondary. People are the most important part of Biblical Hospitality.
I would love to hear about your Biblical Hospitality story and how you are serving others.
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Serving others with a joyful heart.