Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments. Proverbs 23:6-8
Have you ever been the “begrudging host” that’s described in this Proverb? I know I have and I’m embarrassed to admit it. Of course God loves a cheerful giver, one who realizes how blessed he or she truly is.
Hospitality is something that we Americans don’t seem to be naturals at. That is an excuse of course but it seems to be true. We struggle to be good at it, but struggling for something as important as this is good for us. There are any number of reasons that we don’t “entertain” more: too busy, like our privacy, afraid of what people might think of our home, etc. Opening our homes, though, does seem to bring about a blessing from God because we are able to bless others. And don’t forget, in Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.“