The Spiritual Gift of Hospitality Defined
to warmly welcome people, even strangers, into one’s home or church as a means of serving those in need of food or lodging
Servant #1: She enjoyed hosting a small group in her home but when asked to lead the group, became frustrated and discouraged. When hosting, she eagerly focused on making sure people were comfortable and had what they needed. When facilitating the group, she tended to be more anxious and unsure of herself.
Servant #2: She was there watching for me every week when I was a guest speaker at her church’s Sunday School for a series of lessons. She not only genuinely welcomed me, but offered for me to sit with her and her husband during the worship service. She introduced me to others within the body. And, she often invited me to lunch after the service.
Servant #3: He was often one of the first to spot a visitor and extend a hand of welcome. He quickly put people at ease by his warm smile and kind words. He helped them find their way around the church and answered any questions they had. Here’s the catch: Nobody asked him to do these things.
All of these servants took pleasure in using their spiritual gift of hospitality. It is what they enjoyed and did well. They offered “hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9).
Lesson to Be Learned:
When doing what lines up with our spiritual gifting, pulling on God’s power, we are energized to serve. When serving outside of our gifting, it is so much easier to grumble and complain, to get frustrated or discouraged. When serving in accordance with His divine empowerment, we will tend to serve with enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and diligence.