Sharing meals together on a regular basis is one of the most sacred practices we can engage in as believers. Food is the product of our work, an extension of our very lives. Breaking bread around the table of fellowship is both a symbolic and practical witness of the unity of the body of Christ. By bringing the fruit of our labor to be shared with others, we are saying “my life for your life.”
Hospitality is about making places in our lives for others. It is lived out on several levels and in many ways. It encompasses friends, family, strangers, and neighbors. It is a daily opportunity to practice selfless, missional living, allowing us space to show love and affirm the dignity of others, regardless of their cultural status. The only thing holding back hospitality is us opening our hearts, our arms, and our homes.
Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford, Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People, The Shapevine Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 211.