Home Hospitality

As a Layman, you may be saying, “I’m do not have the Gift of Hospitality”. Well, we all have the Gift of Hospitality to some extent by the mere fact that we are in a world that forces us to “interact and socialize” in order to “live and move and have our being” for the Bible says “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). But the Bible says that “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Therefore, mere food is not enough; we need The Word of God and Authentic Christian Fellowship. The more we learn about “Biblical Manners” and “how to live and move and have our being” amongst each other, the more we “eat”, the more manna we receive from the Throne of God. So where are we to go to “exercise this Gift of Hospitality” and hence witness an “increase of The Kingdom of God within us”? Within “The Church”, within the Body of Christ. The Church is a “Hospital”, not a “Country Club”, so it is our “Job” to learn how to function “well” as a “Hospital”. We are here to Help and Heal and Worship God Together, not to entertain and amuse each other in endless, perverted ways. We are to Help and Heal others by teaching others how to Serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by first teaching them they are loved and valued, and then by teaching them how to love others by serving others “The Love and Compassion God has in store for each of us”. For Starters, let’s consider a few Home Hospitality Responsibilities:
 

Home Phone System:

It is important to have a Home Phone System set-up in such a way that even if we are not at home or do not want to answer the phone at least the caller can leave a phone message. This is important for Church Groups that may be attempting to contact us with reminders and encouragement. Voice Mail is a great option for those who prefer not to deal with Answering Machines. It is good to have a system that allows us to check messages when you are away from home, a system that can even be used to leave messages and reminders to ourselves or other family members. Along with a Phone System comes the responsibility of a Home Addressing System.
 

Home Addressing System:

The Church puts a lot of time and effort into maintaining Church Directories; therefore, it is important that we do our part to keep our Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers current at our local Church. Just as The Church makes a Church Directory available to Church Members, we should also do our part to set-up an effective Home Addressing System in such a manner that it can be easily found and used to make Business, Family and Church Contacts. A 1” notebook is recommended for starters (stored in a central location for access by all Heads of Household), with separate sections for Business, Family and Church; documenting Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers and Email Addresses (when available). It is recommended that Family Contacts be made on a regular basis, for some that may be weekly, for others that may be monthly, and for others that may be yearly through means of Greeting Cards (Christmas Cards or Easter Cards). This helps to keep documentation correct and current, but most importantly, it fulfills some of our “Home Hospitality Responsibilities” in terms of “In-Reach” and “Out-Reach” Ministries.
 

Home Parking:

How many guests can you accommodate in terms of parking? Could parking pads be added by extending driveways a little to the left or a little to the right? Do you have maps and directions to hand out that have been drawn from a central location that is common to all?
 

Home Guest Room(s):

How many guests can you accommodate in terms of sleepovers? What “qualifies” as a guest room? A Guest Room can be designated as either male or female (with a bed, mattress, sheets, pillows and bedspreads), night stand (with a lamp, alarm clock and radio), maybe a table (with a chair, notepad, envelopes, writing utensils and stamps), some shelf space, closet space and clothes hangers, with an introduction to a guest bathroom (maybe a half-bath designated with towels, wash clothes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving items, lotions, tooth paste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouth wash, combs, hair dryers, tissue paper, a shower robe…) and maybe a full-bath introduction where bath and shower times are shared. For long-term guests, accommodations will want to be made for clothes baskets (with an introduction to the “laundry” schedule, washer, dryer, detergents, iron, ironing board and clothes hangers). For a “special decorating touch” you may want to decorate their rooms with “scriptural references”, A Bible, Christian Books, Scenes from God’s Creation, a Cross and maybe some flower arrangements or other items from nature such as pretty stones or sea shells.
 

Home Sound System:

Do you have a Radio and CD/Tape Player accessible from the kitchen, sitting rooms and bedrooms? Do you leave the Radio on in the kitchen 24/7? What dial do you have the Radio on? This is a perfect way to get “Christian Sounds” in the air 24/7, which is very effective in bringing Victory forth in Spiritual Warfare all throughout the day. Christian Radio keeps the household focused by making everyone constantly aware of and sensitive to the Presence of The Holy Spirit, bringing a Spirit of Reverence into the home at all times. It is recommended that Christian Radio be tuned to the “Bible Broadcasting Network-BBN” in your area 24/7. BBN provides top of the hour World News, this keeps Christians informed about the news that is important to Christians and helps to keep the family on their daily time management schedule. BBN provides Christian Music, this is very “calming” during the course of a day, keeping satan’s negativity out of our minds, thoughts and decision-making process. BBN also provides Bible Studies and a Prayer Hour, one can even “call in” with their daily praise or prayer requests, this helps to keep Christians focused on Bible Studies and Prayer as “the way” for dealing with the issues and pressures of daily life.
 

Home Meals:

It is good to make guests feel at home by showing them around the kitchen in such a way that they can feel comfortable making their own snacks, sandwiches, salads, soups and drinks. Provide instructions on how to clean up the kitchen after each meal, but leave it to the host(s) to actually load and run the dishwasher and put the dishes away, this cuts back on storage confusion or breakage, it also helps them to feel like a guest and not a house slave.
 

 
 

Let’s review some Bible Verses:
 

2 Samuel 14:14Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.

1 Chronicles 29:14-15But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 39:12Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.

Psalm 119:17-20Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

Matthew 25:31-36When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’.

Hebrews 13:1-3 − Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Romans 12:9-13Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

3 John 2-8:Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. It was for the save of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.

1 Peter 4:7-11The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer:  May God Bless you and Speak to you as we move forward to consider some other Hospitality Responsibilities, In Jesus Name, Amen.