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 and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.