Sincere Love -> Sacrificial Hospitality
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
—St. John Chrysostom
Proposition: Examine the sincerity of your love for Christ by examining your hospitality towards the brethren.
HOSPITALITY THAT CARES ABOUT TEMPORAL NEEDS OF OTHER BELIEVERS [There is to be grace extended to brothers/sisters in other churches, who are in need, carnally-speaking]
HOSPITALITY THAT PARTNERS WITH GOSPEL-LABORERS [There was to be partnership with those in missionary labor (helping Paul)]
HOSPITALITY THAT SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE FAITHFUL PASTORS [There was to be encouragement of faithful pastors (Timothy)]
HOSPITALITY THAT HAS PURE MOTIVES [NO IMMEDIATE RETURN]. [Consideration, even for those who could not come immediately and immerse themselves in the local work]
One stormy night an elderly couple entered the lobby of a small hotel and asked for a room. The clerk said they were filled, as were all the hotels in town. “But I can’t send a fine couple like you out in the rain,” he said. “Would you be willing to sleep in my room?” The couple hesitated, but the clerk insisted. The next morning when the man paid his bill, he said, “You’re the kind of man who should be managing the best hotel in the United States. Someday I’ll build you one.”
The clerk smiled politely. A few years later the clerk received a letter from the elderly man, recalling that stormy night and asking him to come to New York. A round-trip ticket was enclosed. When the clerk arrived, his host took him to the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street, where stood a magnificent new building. “That,” explained the man, “is the hotel I have built for you to manage.”
The man was William Waldorf Astor, and the hotel was the original Waldorf-Astoria.
The young clerk, George C. Boldt, became its first manager.