This month we kicked off our first Life Group series titled "The Four Acts of Love". The next few weeks we will study four different ways to show love to our friends, families, and neighbors. This first week we talked about radical hospitality.
Jesus ultimately wants us to put our faith into action. It's a simple step to talk about loving Jesus but it's another to go out and show the love of Jesus, especially to those that have hurt us.
In the book of Genesis we read the story about a man name Joseph. Joseph was the 11th of 12 sons, and deeply loved by his father. His brothers despised this and eventually sold him into slavery and told their father that Joseph has died. During Joseph's time in slavery he would be unjustly accused of rape, thrown into jail, and while in jail begin to interpret dreams. Eventually the king need to have his own dreams interpreted and Joseph was called upon. He was then placed in a high authority position when he interpreted the beginning of a famine throughout the land. Back in Canaan where Joseph's family lived, his father sent his sons to Egypt to buy food since they had been hit by the famine. When they arrived Joseph has recognized them but they had not recognized their own brother they sent into slavery years ago.
Joseph has a choice to make. He had every right to punish his brothers, but instead, Joseph throw them a feast and chooses to love them. He chooses to show radical hospitality.
You see radical hospitality isn't like the norm. It's simple, and it stems from a Jesus-centered life. Most people aren't expecting to be treated with incredible kindness and love -- that's why it's radical. Radical hospitality starts with welcoming people and genuinely wanting to be around them. It means actively seeking the people who need a place to belong. And to be honest it's sometimes inconvenient. I'm sure Joseph didn't want to show his brothers love in that moment, yet he chooses to love them and welcome them. We are called to that same level, to show radical hospitality to all people, even those who hurt us, don't agree with us, and challenge us.
Where are you showing radical hospitality in your life? Who are some people that have shown you radical hospitality, and how can you thank them?
From one human to the next,