"He said also to the man who had invited Him…  'When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.'" 
Luke 14:13-14
The Scriptures are packed with stories of hospitality. In the book of Genesis, God created a home for Adam and Eve. In Joshua, the 12 spies sent to scope out the Promised Land received shelter from Rahab. And in 1 Kings, Elijah received a cake of bread from the starving widow at Zarephath. In the New Testament, Jesus modeled hospitality when He turned water into wine at Cana, multiplied fish and bread for the multitudes on the hillsides of Galilee, and cooked breakfast on the beach for His disciples after the resurrection.

The practice of hospitality has profound implications for the body of Christ.

As we journey alongside others toward Christlikeness, we proclaim Jesus to the world. And, amid increasing isolation and loneliness, the practice of hospitality preaches the Gospel, forging hope-filled communities that declare our unity despite our differences.


Going Deeper

Further Reading on the Practice
The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World
by Rosaria Butterfield

With the story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel and further the Kingdom.

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The Trellis Audiobook
The Trellis is available in audiobook format online for those that want to listen on-the-go.

In this chapter, we share that like everything else in our lives, hospitality is a work of the Spirit. And where the Spirit is, there is freedom.