17th February 2015
‘Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.’ 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)
Hospitality is more than just a courtesy – it is a standard set for us by God. Hospitality means freely offering your resources and creating a place that makes others feel comfortable and ‘at home’. Hospitality extends further than just offering up your home. It is using your possessions to benefit others. This is why the Bible says to offer hospitality without complaining.
Hospitality is an action and an attitude – we offer what we have without grudge or complaint, in order to make others comfortable.
Hospitality doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as giving people what they need in a way that they are comfortable: ‘And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded’ (Matthew 10:40-42).
Question to consider
Have you had your neighbours into your home lately?
Ask God to help you make your home somewhere people feel welcomed.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.