We out therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the Truth. 3 John:8
How do we receive others in our community, in our counties and in our country, who proclaim to be Christian? John is talking about the people who have traveled and not accepted aid from pagans but have been about the sharing of the Gospel around the area. We ought to show hospitality to those who are in Christ Jesus no matter where they have come from.
Hospitality is such a great attribute to have and one, I am sorry to say, our country is sorely lacking due to the explosion of the internet and social media. We aren’t even hospitable on social media much less in person anymore.
When I was a kid, when my family had someone over, we were to be polite, offer them a drink and try to make them comfortable as possible for their stay. Sometimes this meant giving up my own bed. But we knew it was the right thing to do, for these were guests in our home and we were to take care of them.
This is a Biblical principle, not just something to teach our children and ourselves, but this is a command of God. In 1 Peter 4:9, it tells us, “Be hospitable to one another, without grumbling.” For hospitality is an extension of love for one another. Hospitality shows that I care for you and that I am willing to sacrifice for you, therefore it is an extension of the sacrifice given by our savior.
Today, let’s be hospitable to someone. Let’s offer up a drink or offer to by lunch or just offer to be friendly to someone. Show kindness and offer your service to someone today. When we are hospitable to each other and to the lost, then they will see Christ and we will be changed to look just a bit more like Him.