One afternoon I taught on hospitality, this being a HUGE core value to us personally and to our ministry. Did you know the Greek word for hospitality, philoxenia, literally means "love of strangers?" Here are some points I hit on during my teaching on why we should be hospitable and the scriptures I used to back it up:
- God commands it. (Romans 12:9-13, Hebrews 13:2)
- It's a quality of the saints. (1 Tim. 3:2, 1 Tim. 5:9-10, Titus 1:7-9)
- It's an act of discipleship to others. (Matthew 25:34-40)
- Because people are valuable. (John 3:16-17)
That's our goal for us personally as a family and as a ministry. That when new people come in, they would feel welcome. That they wouldn't feel a burden or unwanted but that they would feel a spirit of hospitality.
The other day we had some of our short-termers over. One of them said, "This place is so hospitable!" We asked her why she said that. "Because you invite us into your homes, have us over for dinner." I guess all of our staff have invited them over...just because they wanted to. That blessed our hearts so much!
I encourage you to go here and read about the famous hotel, The Waldorf Astoria. Although it's highly likely that some of the facts have been embellished over time, it's still a great story of hospitality from the heart.