The NIV translation of Romans 12:13 is quite appealing:
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13
I love the idea that we are to practice hospitality. Years ago, I wanted to publish a magazine with the title, Practicing Parents. I kept the domain name for years, but alas, I never followed through on the idea. The concept came during the time we owned a Montessori School, and I interacted with lots and lots of parents. What I came to realize quite quickly was the term practice not only applies to doctors; it applies to parents as well. As much as we know, learn, and experience, it’s a constant reminder that we’re always improving. We’re practicing.
So it’s wonderful to think about the idea of practicing hospitality. We won’t always get it right, but that should not prevent us from trying one thing, then another. The simple idea here is to share with those in need. I would add, share with intentionality, not accidentally.
Bible Gateway’s online version of this verse is in a paragraph labeled Love in Action. It’s just a few verses to encourage and exhort; a great reminder to those who serve the least, the lost, and the lonely.
Love in Action
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13
This morning I got to see this in action at Clean Start, a ministry that provides showers and laundry service for people living on the streets or without amenities we often take for granted. No cameras or spotlights were involved, just beautiful volunteers caring for those who have so little. Watching Noreen huge someone who was beaten up a few nights ago touch my heart. Her sincere concern for Tanya was evident. Just one example of love in action that happens without fanfare.
Now it’s your turn. May God bless you in immeasurable ways for loving others with sincerity. I pray for opportunities today, and I hope we won’t miss that which is right in front of us.