How hospitable are you? Hospitable defined as friendly and welcoming to neighbors, guests, and even strangers. From a biblical perspective a neighbor is anyone you can see around you. Some of them are those people you cross paths with by “divine appointment.”
Some antonyms to hospitality might help us better understand what hospitality is. Unfriendly, unwelcoming, hostile towards others, and unwilling to help a stranger in need are pretty good examples of what is the opposite.
Some of you find it harder to show kindness to others because of the ways they are much different than you. God doesn't consider any of those people he formed in the womb as the low class of society or unworthy of being treated as someone valuable to Him.
The title of this episode is Ultimate Hospitality, which is a level of hospitality that goes beyond the usual kind. Let me attempt to explain it: It's a willingness to help someone in need when it is very inconvenient. It is being very much willing to help even those who might not ever be able to pay you back.
Jesus gave us a really good picture of how this level of kindness is supposed to play out. It can be found in the story of the Good Samaritan. First the headline to the story.
[Luke 10:30] Jesus took up this question and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. BSB
Sometimes we think we are having a bad day until we see what's happening to other people on the planet.
I'm going to skip over the verses that tell us about how the religious leaders that passed by refused to help this man who was down. It's a sad day when the leaders don't care about those who God wants them to care for.
Now let's look at the hero of the story: The example with the kind of actions that Jesus wants us to emulate.
[Luke 10:33-35] 33But when a Samaritan on a journey came upon him, he looked at him and had compassion. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he said, ‘and on my return I will repay you for any additional expense.’ BSB
The man who did the good did this even though it might have been a little gory to see, caused him to get his hands dirty, took up some of his time, and required him to pay all the out of pocket medical expenses for a guy he didn't even know.
Jesus summed this up by telling us directly that we should, “Go and do likewise.” Jesus understands how showing others mercy is a powerful witness for him to the lost.
Whenever Jesus makes a suggestion we should always follow it because every suggestion he makes and every solution he provides are fantastic ones.
God worked out the timing so you bump into certain people on the journey he has sent you.
Imitate, copy, and even surpass in effort.