A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The by HERSHBERGER MIC

By HERSHBERGER MIC

What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent time cut-off dates and busy schedules, do we hold from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian responsibility? Hospitality is frequently obvious as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed through a stranger. Biblical hospitality is diversified. God's name to like the stranger is neither dull nor risky. as a substitute, it really is a call for participation to adventure God in a brand new method. now not in a fashion that depletes our power, yet regularly in a manner the place turn into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans frequently do not anticipate surprises. but biblical hospitality, the decision to like the stranger, promises shock is simply round the nook. The visitor turns into the host. Givers obtain greater than they provide. God is visible within the very unlikely humans. within the technique, we turn into visitors of the main gracious Host of all.

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She just needs to be loved, and loving in this sense is letting her have some control. Now I know, but she leaves tomorrow. 8 Page 25 and the right motivation to please Jesus. But she was seduced from a trustful preoccupation with the kingdom of God by a preoccupation with the practical affairs of life. That's a bad sign for any disciple, even when these practical affairs concern hospitality. It's not enough to have the right motivation; biblical hospitality must be centered in God. What does that mean?

In her exciting, almost breathless reports from the front lines, we meet people whose lives are different and richer as a result of their experiments with hospitality. We find ourselves in the middle of the action where nothing is entirely predictable, but very ordinary people experience life in some extraordinary ways. Experienced practitioners of hospitality are usually quite honest about the difficulties of the practice and about their own failings. Michele Hershberger is winsomely straightforward about her own struggles and Page 11 avoids painting romanticized pictures of the experiences and outcomes of hospitality.

I know that Jesus is there in those ordinary times because at other times, when I least expect it, I am caught off guard by a sudden awareness of his presence. Surprise. I formalized my plan into a strategy for others seeking a similar adventure. I called it the Forty-Day Experiment. I asked forty people to do three things: Page 15 First, pray every day that God would send them a hospitality opportunity, Second, record their experiences in a journal, and Third, send their journals to me. This book is one result of that adventure, one of the less significant outcomes.

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