Day One – What Is Hospitality?

December 21, 2007

Key Verse: “When you reap the harvest…do not reap to the very edges.” Leviticus 19:9a

Read: Leviticus 19:9-10

Just what is hospitality? Hosting visitors for a few days? Serving a four-course meal? Baking cookies to share? Washing someone’s dirty socks? More often than not, hospitality exhibits itself in a variety of simple acts of welcome and kindness that speak volumes to the recipient. For most of church history, hospitality was central to Christian identity. In early Bible times, hospitality included allowing strangers and the poor to glean from the corners of one’s fields (Leviticus 19:9-10). The Lord commanded His people not to “go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen.” Rather, God’s people were to gladly and generously share of their abundance. In modern times, of course, we practice hospitality differently and in many forms. “Hospitality doesn’t necessarily mean cooking meals and doing people’s laundry,” says Melody, who has hosted several refugee families. “It can be just giving people the chance to be who they are in your home.”

Think About It: How are you allowing others to glean from your fields?