I recently finished reading The Simplest Way to Change the World (you can read my review here) and found myself taking note of several memorable lines on the importance of hospitality.

I’ve chosen my 10 favorites to share below:

  • “The secret weapon for gospel advancement is hospitality, and you can practice it whether you live in a house, an apartment, a dorm, or a high-rise.”
     
  • “The world could use more ordinary Christians opening their ordinary lives so others can see what life in light of the gospel looks like.”
     
  • “Jesus said in His kingdom, the ‘smallest of all seeds’ will leave a lasting impact much larger than expected (see Matt. 13:31–32). In the same way, the ‘smallest’ things in our lives—ordinary days and meals and homes—can have a much larger impact than you’d ever imagine when harnessed with gospel intentionality.”
     
  • “If ordinary doesn’t equal insignificant, then even a walk to the mailbox or grilling burgers matters. Everything about your everyday, ordinary small-feeling life matters.”
     
  • “Throughout the saga of history, God consistently initiates relationship. He is a gracious host, constantly welcoming in wayward sinners who deserve His wrath—a people whose only hope is that He would show them underserved hospitality.”
     
  • “Any time we practice hospitality we follow in the steps of our lavishly hospitable God.”
     
  • “If ever there has been a stranger in need, someone completely excluded and hopeless, fully dependent on the grace of another—that is us. We were out in the cold, victims of our own folly, freezing to death from the coldness in our own hearts. And all throughout history, God opens the door, rescues us, and welcomes us back into relationship through sheer, inexplicable grace.”
     
  • “God has always been forming a hospitable people to put His hospitality on display, and if you are in Christ, you’re now a part of God’s hospitable people.”
     
  • “Hospitality is not about entertaining, it’s about engaging.”
     
  • “Let’s use our homes to be micro representations of that final banquet table—places where believers gather around the food and drink God has graciously provided, celebrating that God has brought us to Himself and opened that sacred space to all who are far from Him. Let’s become relentlessly warm and welcoming because we’ve been relentlessly welcomed in Christ.”

As we lead up to our Inspire Luncheon on October 18th, we’ll be continuing our theme of hospitality on the blog and across our social media channels. Share your favorite quote or Bible verse on hospitality! We’d love to know!