Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2 NIV
Being kind hearted.
A willingness to share your personal space with not just friends and family but also an unknown.
Hospitality does not have to be anything fancy. It can be a simple act of kindness to a stranger especially in an era where we are taught to be weary of them.
Someone knocks at the door and ask, can I use your bathroom or phone, maybe even for a glass of water on a very hot day. While its okay to be cautious there is no reason not to be kind. The Bible asks us to be ‘as wise as serpents and harmless as doves and to do to others as we’d like done unto ourselves.’
Offering a place to sleep and a hot meal to someone that’s stranded because of the weather goes a long way in showing your humanity as well as representing Christ to others who don’t know him. We should never be weary in well doing.
There are times when I find it hard to entertain strangers, especially person from another country but then I think to myself, what would Christ do in the situation. What I often do is whisper a little prayer for guidance and so far I have not regretted offering my hospitality to anyone. There have been occasions where persons from other parts of the island, who are out on field service for their church, or searching for an individual come by and ask to use my bathroom, shelter from the rain, make a phone call or for a glass of water. I find myself not hesitating and then my husband might say something about it after their gone like, what if they were or what if something had happened. My response usually is, ‘you can’t go expecting the worst of people’, it’s not fair to them and it takes too much out of you.
However, the choice is up to each individual on whether they are comfortable offering hospitality to others. I can tell you its the right thing to do but at the end of it I’m not you and I don’t know the situation in which you live. Only you can decide but remember always go with your instincts, if something seems off to you then it usually is.