By HERSHBERGER MIC
What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent closing dates and busy schedules, will we preserve from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian accountability? Hospitality is usually obvious as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed by way of a stranger. Biblical hospitality is various. God's name to like the stranger is neither dull nor harmful. as a substitute, it really is a call for participation to adventure God in a brand new manner. no longer in a manner that depletes our power, yet constantly in a manner the place develop into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans frequently do not count on surprises. but biblical hospitality, the decision to like the stranger, promises shock is simply round the nook. The visitor turns into the host. Givers obtain greater than they provide. God is obvious within the impossible humans. within the strategy, we develop into visitors of the main gracious Host of all.
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Extra resources for A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series)
Ironically, when she expressed her anger, her complaint turned into self-indictment. Who would have guessed? Jesus turned to her and said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42). " His words carried no harshness, yet there was the sting of disappointment. Martha's head began to spin. Where had she gone wrong? Martha was so concerned about the kind of hospitality she wanted to provide Jesus that she became inhospitable herself.
Strength for the Task 239 Appendix 1 Hospitality Enhancers 258 Appendix 2 Discussion Guide 269 The Author 283 Page 9 Foreword Almost everyone has a story about hospitality. We recall the joy of finding gracious welcome in a foreign place or the vulnerability of needing hospitality but not finding it. We remember the unsettling experience of welcoming a stranger only to find that things are not as they first appeared. We cherish memories of times when we felt too weary to invite someone in but opened the door anyway and discovered that our guest brought us life and refreshment.
But what? We did pass the car in the ditch just past Paul's driveway. There was movement inside, and the lights were on, but I didn't stop. I didn't feel safe. The woman had obviously been hit in the mouth and eye, and it wasn't from hitting the dashboard either. I'm unclear how much risk to take for the sake of ministering with someone. Did I pass up another opportunity by driving by him and his car in the ditch? I don't know. 1 Expecting surprises is always more difficult if you don't have a guarantee that it will be a good surprise.