Daily Reflections

The Goal of Hospitality

April 15, 2024 Erin Davis

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. —Colossians 3:23–24

When you think of showing hospitality, what do you see as the goal? Is it owning the house that everyone wants to be invited to? Serving a meal that makes your guests rave?

The goal of hospitality isn’t to win a prize for the cleanest house, best meal, or coziest bed. The goal is to demonstrate Christ’s love in practical and tangible ways. Since He’s the One we’re ultimately serving, to demonstrate true hospitality His priorities (people) must become our priorities.

So, seek to bless others by showing hospitality. But start with those closest to you. How can you demonstrate hospitality to your husband? Your children? Your coworkers?

And remember to give with a happy heart. A store-bought pie served with a smile is of much greater value than a homemade one made through gritted teeth. Don’t work to earn gold stars and oohs and aahs. Work to put Christ on display. What could be better than that?


Inhospitable Hospitality (ReviveOurHearts.com/blog)

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Make it Personal

What are some practical ways you can show hospitality (and put Christ on display) this week?