The Discipline of Hospitality

By Steven Koster

July 31, 2018

Our August theme for the Today devotions, written by Lloyd Wicker, is “The Discipline of Hospitality.”

When you think of the word “hospitality,” what comes to your mind? Maybe it’s delivering a meal to someone who is sick or opening your home to faraway friends who come to visit. The dictionary defines hospitality as “friendly, welcoming and generous treatment offered to guests or strangers.”

My wife and I operate a bed and breakfast out of our home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through that experience, we’re learning what hospitality involves through hosting many different kinds of strangers. Many quickly become friends, some keep their distance, and a few can be difficult. We’re learning that hospitality is more than just a bed and some breakfast. Often we enter into their lives and share their experiences—and our experiences with them.

Our writer for this month’s devotions, Lloyd Wicker, says, “For many of us, the thought of showing hospitality tends toward shared time with friends and family. But do we consider hospitality as an active expression of our faith? The Bible calls us to welcome the stranger and practice hospitality.

We’ll learn, this month, about what true hospitality involves as we explore the topic, “The Discipline of Hospitality.”

Lloyd Wicker is a pastor who has served several churches in the United States. Currently he is serving as a chaplain with the United States Navy in Sicily, where he, his wife, and three children have learned in many new and different ways what it means to both practice and receive hospitality.

As you read the Today devotionals this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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