2 Kings 4:9-10
She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
The gift of hospitality is important but often overlooked within the church. You may have attended your church a year, five years, twenty years, or even fifty. We have our regular seats and know where everything is. We feel welcome because we know everybody or at least our little group.
When there are visitors that come to our church, we need to make them feel every bit as welcome as if they were long time members. Even if their goal is to slip in and out unnoticed the church needs to make the effort. How they respond is up to them.
Hospitality is a gift that can be developed and seems to be more prevalent in elderly ladies than anywhere else. When I visit people, the last thing I need usually is a slice of cake or something to drink. But I try hard to allow someone the chance to use their gift.
Others may exercise hospitality by making phone calls or sending cards to visitors or those who haven’t been in church for a while. There are those who complain about getting old and not being able to do what they once did. Then there are those who adapt their gifts and find new ways to use them. Hospitality is a great way of serving that doesn’t require as much energy as some other gifts and is still a valuable part of the church.