Luke 10: 25- 28
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
What do you think of when you hear the word “hospitality?” Do you think of a beautifully set table replete with candles, fine china and linens? Do you think of a courteous concierge at a hotel or a movie theater? Or do you think of a soup kitchen feeding the homeless and reaching out to the poor?
All of these are examples of hospitality. The definition of the word is “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers.” When I looked up synonyms for the word, I found “friendliness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, courtesy, cordiality, and generosity. If you think on these words, it would appear that hospitality is intertwined in Jesus’ command to “love our neighbors as ourselves.”
My mother was the consummate hostess. Her focus was on making her guests feel comfortable. Food was readily available… a cup of coffee was hot and ready to be poured…she loved having friends drop in and never seemed to worry about the dust that might be on the shelves or the dishes in the sink. Serving others came naturally to her as an outflow of Christ within her.
We are starting a new chapter in our ministry at Victory Church. We remember the past, but have set our eyes on the future and now is a perfect time to think of others and how we can make everyone feel welcome. This series of 12 writings will be a bit different from those I have previously shared as I will be writing each day using the word HOSPITALITY in an acrostic fashion. Tomorrow’s writing will be focused on the letter H, the next day on O and so on. My prayer is that God will use my words to open our hearts as to how we can best serve others and spread His love in our community.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.