Today’s Truth

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9

Friend to Friend

My husband likes to say, “I’m not sure what my favorite day of the year is. It’s a toss-up between my birthday and Father’s Day.”

Cue my “Oh brother!” look.

He means it as a joke and I know that. Of course he loves getting special treatment on holidays and birthdays. Who wouldn’t? Most of us would like to be the one being pampered than the one doing the pampering!

We don’t often feel like serving. Yet we can choose to serve…with a smile.

When you walk into a nice hotel or store, an employee who says something like “How may I help you” usually greets you?

They may not feel like showing hospitality, but it’s part of their job description to smile and make you feel welcome.

As believers in Jesus, it’s a part of our job description to offer hospitality to each other. As we see in today’s verse, we’re also supposed to give it without grumbling.

Minutes before having guests for dinner, I have been known to stress out, bark out last minute orders to my kids, and start running around the house frantically from task to task. I’ve grumbled before entertaining about the preparation and the amount of work it requires to clean the house.

That’s why today’s verse hits me. I’m supposed to offer hospitality without grumbling. This doesn’t come naturally. Perhaps that’s why the Bible includes this instruction.

In the ancient world of the Bible, hospitality was very important because inns were often dangerous places and room was not always available for travelers. Peter writes about displaying real love in everyday life – by generously serving others, even when it’s inconvenient. Hebrews 13:2 says it this way, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

If we are to offer hospitality to strangers without grumbling, it’s probably a good idea to offer hospitality to our family members too.

When it’s my husband’s favorite day (whether that’s Father’s Day or a birthday), I should serve with a smile and cheerful attitude. I should look for ways to out-do his expectations instead of serving with an “Okay, is that enough?” disposition.

Whether we are entertaining strangers, pouring milk for our children, or bringing a meal to a sick friend, we are to serve with a smile. Without grumbling.

Galatians 5:13 says to “serve one another humbly in love.” We might not work at a luxury hotel, restaurant, or shop, but we can live in such a way that says to others “Welcome. I’m glad you’re here. How may I help you?”

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I know You desire for me to show hospitality to others. Help me to do this when I don’t feel like it. Give me a Christ-like attitude of service both with strangers and those closest to me. Change me into a more loving and patient woman.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Do you think your disposition communicates, “How may I help you?” on most days? Why is this attitude glorifying to God?

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6 Responses to “How May I Help You?”

  1. Jill says:

    Today’s devotional really rang true with me. I have my daughter and husband and baby living with us and my other single daughter and three year old granddaughter are often in the house. Many times it’s not easy to show the hospitality I should. I need the Lord s guidance to help me with patience and understanding.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I think it gets hard when women are always the givers, and sometimes we give so much more and get less from others, that why we need the Lord graciousness to give us what we need to have a blessed family.

  3. Melissa B. says:

    This devotional has blessed me today. Thanks to God, lately I’ve had a desire to develop and grow more of a servants heart towards others. As a wife and mother of twin 12 year old girls and a 3 yr old son, I have found myself grumbling quite a bit as I prepare to serve them or even at times WHILE I’m serving them. I could definitely do a better job leading by example and choosing to serve with a cheerful spirit. I believe cultivating a spirit of thanksgiving in ALL things INCLUDING the ability to serve in any capacity at any time helps us to go forth serving with a smile; as it is a great blessing to BE A great blessing to others. This devotional gave a great example of having the proper attitude while serving and now I’m all the more excited to grow in this area. God is good! Not only will he show you what to do, he’ll also show you how to do it if you seek him! Be encouraged all! Thank you.

  4. Marleen says:

    Lord, you may howl my name out loud any day!!!!!! I LOVE YOU JESUS!

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