Overcoming Excuses

It's hard for people to believe we want them in heaven if we don't want them in our living room.

"Practice hospitality" (Romans 12:13).

"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling" (1 Peter 4:9).

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it" (Hebrews 13:2).

The story of Lot inviting strangers (actually angels) into his house and protecting them from the mob outside his door is a clear example from Scripture of how important hospitality was, and is, in the Middle East. But it’s really no different for followers of God in our current culture (except for the burning sulfur.) We have been given clear commands from the New Testament that hospitality is considered a very important gift to give, whether to those known or unknown. To some, this comes easier than others.

Below are a few excuses people often use to avoid offering hospitality.

"But it's a mess!"

Don’t worry unnecessarily about how your house looks. A plaque my mom hung in our home said, “An immaculate house is the sign of a sick mind.” While that may or may not be true, most people come to visit you, not look at your house.

While tidying up may be necessary if your cell group needs a place to sit or path to walk through, most people don’t expect perfection. Remember, if your house looks differently when guests are over than it does when they aren’t, you may be falling into the deception that you should look a certain way in front of certain people. Jesus called this hypocrisy.

"It's not big enough."

In our Western culture, nothing ever is. We have the idea that if everybody doesn’t have a two-foot box of air on each side of them, they are crowded. While we must still deal with our culture, we should ...

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