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Practicing Hospitality                the lame, the blind …” (vv13-14). So, while
        Our Intentionality                    our natural inclination is to invite family
          True hospitality is not an accident. Yes,   and friends, the Lord challenges us to go
                                              out of our comfort zone and invite those
        we can provide food and a place to stay   we do not know, those in other cultures,
        for unexpected visitors. However, the em-  those from different socio-economic lev-
        phasis in the teachings of the Lord Jesus   els, and those with special needs.
        is more on proactive planning. He spoke
        repeatedly of “them that were bidden to   Our Investment
        the wedding” (Mat 22:3,4,8).  Likewise, in   The Savior related in the Parable of
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        the Parable of the Great Supper, He spoke   the Great Supper that the servants were
        about “when they are bidden” or “when   to announce, “Come; for all things are
        thou art bidden” (Luk 14:7,8,10,17,24).   now ready” (v17). The host had invested
        Therefore, hospitality involves intention-  his money and worked to prepare the
        ality and planning.                   food. Another more extreme example is
        Our Invitees                          the Good Samaritan. That man not only
          The Lord also recognized that hospital-  packed oil and wine to serve others, but he
                                              provided long-term care for the man who
        ity can be a manipulative tool. He said,   had been mistreated. In both parables the
        “When thou makest a dinner or a sup-  hosts made sacrifices and invested in oth-
        per, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren,   ers. In so doing, they displayed the kind
        neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neigh-  and caring heart of Christ. And that is an
        bours; lest they also bid thee again, and a   investment worth making.
        recompence be made thee” (Luk 14:12).
        Hospitality should never be used as a   Perspectives on Hospitality
        means to obligate others to include us in   His Evaluation
        their events. It is solely to be a means by   Zacchaeus in Jericho, Martha in Betha-
        which we help and bless others. So the   ny, Peter’s mother-in-law in Capernaum,
        question is: Are we willing to invite folks   and an unnamed homeowner in Jerusalem
        who cannot repay us or invite us over?   were some of the privileged few who had
        The Lord went on to say, “But when thou   the Lord Jesus for a meal. So since He
        makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed,   is not physically present on earth any-

        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   more, does that mean we are relegated to
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.       second-class hospitality opportunities?

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