Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining.
Entertaining focuses on the host: The home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good-natured.
Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests. Their needs-whether for a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or acceptance-are the primary concern.
Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can even happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together.
Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.
Romans 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.