Hospitality: In the ancient world, hospitality was a matter of protection and survival for weary travelers. Today, however, hospitality in the West is mainly associated with etiquette and entertainment. Yet even that description misses the mark. New York restaurateur Danny Meyer writes, “You may think, as I once did, that I’m primarily in the business of serving good food. Actually, though, food is secondary to something that matters even more. In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.” 
Community: Hebrews reads, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  “Hospitality,” says Tim Keller, “is an attitude of the heart that seeks to turn strangers into guests and friends, especially people that the world excludes.” Hospitality has been given to us by God to build community. It is not given to us for our own personal happiness or pleasure. Just as Jesus did not treat his body or his possessions as his own but gave them up for us, so we are called to be conduits of his hospitality to strangers a.k.a. “potential friends.”
Ideas: We may think that we do not have enough money to entertain, but God delights in using common things for his glory. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are no less common than bread and wine before God transforms them into a communion supper. We may think that we do not have enough space to entertain, but God has given us many ways of showing hospitality: asking neighbors into your home, inviting colleagues to church, hosting a dinner at a restaurant, hosting a community group at your home, volunteering with the diaconate, serving with a mercy ministry, ushering at church, “passing the peace” in the service. Who knows but that we may entertain angels unawares.
Prayer: Lord, Your hospitality is different than the hospitality of the world because it welcomes the people that the world excludes. Show us how to show hospitality to the widows, the orphans, the homeless, the needy, and those who will never repay us. Let us practice gospel transformed hospitality with PG&Js in our small homes, knowing that it is you, not our work, that transforms a group of individuals meeting together into a community in fellowship in you. Amen.
 Danny Meyer. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business. |  Hebrews 13:2 ESV