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.