Hospitality and Caring for the Needs of Others

As a Christian, do you care about the needs and comfort of others?

This is an important question to answer.

Let us look at a few “when” questions:

When at church, do you greet others especially visitors and the shy? Do you make sure all have a chair? Do your help the ushers and deacons in caring for those attending the service? Do you invite singles and those sitting alone to join you? Do you invite others to join you and family for a meal after church and pay for them?

When you are eating with others, do you wait until all are served before you begin eating? Do you pass the food and help others or only yourself? Do you teach your fellow workers, family, and children these basics? In a restaurant are you polite and friendly to the workers and do you tip well?

When travelling, do you make sure others have a seat and that women, children, and the elderly are helped and cared for? Do you let others go first? Are you especially helpful to people from other countries? (Helping others opens the door for the gospel.)

When talking to others, are you gracious and kind? Do you say things like, “How are you today?” “Thank you.” “I appreciate your help.” “What is your name?” “You really do well.”

When sharing your home, do not keep your guest guessing. Do you show them where the towels, soap, and shampoo are? Are there places to hang clothes in the bathroom so they do not have to put their clothes on the floor? Do they know where the tea and coffee pots are? Might they have special needs? Be careful about putting them alone with a member of the opposite sex.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you (Colossians 3:12-13).