Steven A. Bush - June 22, 2014

Hospitality and Serendipities

Hospitality and Serendipities

The author of Hebrews gives us this brief exhortation: "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:1-2 NIV)  The Greek word for hospitality is Philonexia, which means: "love to strangers."  This directive is for all believers including us.  It is transcultural, multigenerational, and is a fitting word that applies to Christians from every nation, tribe, and tongue.  It can be implemented in countless creative and powerful ways and indeed it has been for 2000 years and counting.  But perhaps hospitality is most deeply and profoundly understood when experienced personally.  Being on the receiving end of hospitality is humbling and transformational. Hospitality, at its best, has its roots in the Gospel.  Hospitable believers cannot help but reflect the love of our Lord, touch the hearts of others, while causing those same hearts to open wide to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10 NIV)

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