“They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to and not because of nagging on my part. They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem. Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them through us” 2 Corinthians 8:3-5 Living Bible (TLB)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Do you consider it an imposition to have guests and visitors? Dr. Laura Winner, an Episcopal priest, writes “Having guests and visitors, if we do it right, is not an imposition, because we are not meant to rearrange our lives for our guests- we are meant to invite our guests to enter into our lives as they are. It is this forging of relationships that transforms entertaining into hospitality.” Powerful words aren’t they?
In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote about the poorest churches that he had visited. He told of how they gave from their hearts and in doing so, how they gave themselves away. What does it mean to give ourselves away? It is easy to give our money but what about our time, our interests, our energy, our personal space? These are more difficult as they require giving of ourselves.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” If you knit, make scarves, if you cook, volunteer at a soup kitchen, if you can drive, take someone without a car to a medical appointment. Use what resources you have to help make life better for someone else.
Remember: Hospitality is not ABOUT you…. But it does INVOLVE you!
Just an FYI: Looking back at these writings on HOSPITALITY, here is what the acrostic looks like:
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.