“Oh, I couldn’t accept that.” or how about, “Oh no, you shouldn’t.” These phrases, and others like them have proliferated our culture. It seems to be the polite thing to reject a person’s hospitality. Why? Where did that come from? Honestly, I don’t know, but to reject someone’s hospitality for no reason isn’t just rude, it’s downright wrong.
1 Peter 4:9 tells us to “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” Romans 12:13 tells us that we should be “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Now, I will ask you a question. How can a follower of Christ give to others and extend hospitality if it is constantly being rejected? Why is the rejection of hospitality viewed as something acceptable?
God commanded that we should give to one another. He told us to be hospitable. Even in secular culture it is reported that “It is more blessed to give than receive.” If that is true, then allow people to be blessed by their kindness. Accept what they give, and give God the glory for it.
I would encourage you, the next time someone shows you kindness accept it graciously. Don’t resort to cliché or fake rejections of their kindness. Thank them, Praise the Lord, and remember that they will reap the fruits of what they do. Then, don’t allow them to get all the blessing. Find a way to give to others and be hospitable. After all, God promises:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38