Abraham’s servant demonstrated great wisdom in the test he devised to find a potential wife for Isaac. Giving a stranger a drink of water was one thing; volunteering to draw water for ten thirsty camels was something else all together. Hospitality was at the heart of the servant’s test. A woman who was willing to go to such lengths to demonstrate hospitality revealed much about her character. And a woman of character was whom the servant was after.
As followers of Christ, we have been called to practice hospitality, even if it comes at great cost to us (see Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2; 1 Pet. 4:9). The reason is because hospitality affirms the gospel. It is compelled by humility and care for others, which Christ demonstrated perfectly for us. Providing a meal for someone, inviting someone into your home, or helping someone with a household project might not seem like much, but these acts of hospitality communicate far more than we imagine.
How can you practice hospitality for those in your church and neighborhood this week?