Come & Stay is striving to be the official ministry of hospitality in our community of churches. Our goal is to not just provide a resource for travelers and hosts, but to forge a connected and unified community that extends beyond nationality, culture, race, and economic status.
An important way we create this connectedness as a community is through our missionary efforts around the world. Michael Burns and Joel Nagel share about exemplary examples of hospitality that transcends beyond material possessions. Take a look at what they have to say in the newly released "Passport to the Land of Enough: African Edition."
"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." - Romans 12:13
Many of us have homes. What should we do with them? It is fatalistic to think that we all need to move out and have no place to lay our head. It also can’t be accepted that we just live in luxury while others suffer so much. There is a middle ground for those of us blessed enough to have housing. We should use what God has given us to be hospitable!
We can host church events, Bible studies, Bible talks, traveling disciples, and much more with our homes, no matter what we think about our homes. Our cars should be available to those in need, within reason. We should all carry open fridge policies (you know you’ve got a good friend when it’s not weird to look in their fridge).
Think about a time when someone really served you and showed true hospitality. How did it make you feel?
Hospitality and sharing with the saints are more than just good ideas; they are commands.
One of the blessings of having our finances in order with wealth boundaries in place is that we can afford to spectacularly serve. You don’t have to have a lot in the way of material wealth to be generous and show hospitality. Frank and Beth have experienced unforgettable hospitality in some of the more economically-depressed countries in the world. They have truly learned the lesson that hospitality transcends poverty and a generous heart can outweigh a lack of resources.
Are you guarded with your home and resources or do you cheerfully give?
Dream about the impact that you can have with your house, your wealth, and your stuff.
In every church, there are hospitality heroes. Whenever someone comes to town from another church, they’re quick to host and feed and serve. There are numerous disciples both in the U.S. and abroad that have even remodeled portions of their home so they could be better hosts. Duncan and Lisa Comrie of Durban, South Africa, have specially prepared a small room off the back of their house in which they constantly host a seemingly never-ending parade of disciples from around the world. They have a guestbook filled with wonderful memories from the disciples they have hosted.
What could you do to follow the Bible's commands about showing hospitality? Can you think of the hospitality heroes in your church? Have someone over with no agenda except to show them hospitality. Decide to become a hospitality hero yourself.
"Passport to the Land of Enough: African Edition" is a beautiful thirty-day learning passport using the Scriptures on an epic journey from your hometown to the Land of Enough. Experience what it is like to be a disciple of Christ in other countries using this daily devotional with practical challenges. Buy a copy here at the DT Media Store and support African missions today!