by Johnathan Arnold
Welcoming people into our homes can be a deep joy instead of a stressor, but it requires us to surrender our rights to a pristine image and uninterrupted privacy. Hospitality shows the beauty of God by demonstrating the power of the gospel to bring people together.
When I became a pastor, I knew that hospitality would be a significant part of my ministry. Being hospitable is a requirement for elders in both Titus 1:8 and 1 Timothy 3:2.
This seemed easy enough because I enjoyed entertaining, making my house look beautiful, setting a polished table, and arranging special flourishes for my guests. My attention to detail seemed to check all of the “good host” boxes. Real ministry and an honest look at Scripture helped me to realize that these things are not equivalent to being hospitable. In fact, there are times when they are inhospitable.
Being a perfect host by the world’s standards has become less and less important to me, and Biblical hospitality has started to change my life, home, and ministry.