Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

From Win at Home: A 14-Day Devotional

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better look.

As Jesus passed, He looked in the tree and said, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today." Can you imagine the grumbling from the crowd? Tax collectors were traitors, the lowest of the low.

“Why is Jesus going to the house of a sinner?”

“Seriously? Zaccheus? That man must be insane!”

But Jesus was not concerned with what others thought. Jesus only cared what His Father thought, and did whatever the Holy Spirit prompted Him to do — no matter how countercultural it seemed.

Just as Jesus saw beyond Zacchaeus’ job to what his soul needed, the Holy Spirit prompts us to do the same. To worry less about what others think and obey the still, small voice that tells us to buy a meal, invite someone to a gathering, or stop by that hospital room.

This is the heart of hospitality. It’s more than inviting close friends and family to dinner. It’s a spirit of welcome, warmth, and generosity that goes wherever we go.

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters,” the writer of Hebrews exhorts us. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:1-2).

So start where you are. Cook a little extra and invite a neighbor over. Keep a care pack in your car for the next homeless person you meet. Visit with a stranger instead of scrolling through your phone. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see strangers as Jesus does, and follow His lead.


  • Our parents taught us not to talk to strangers, but that’s exactly what Jesus did. Can you think of any other instructions that are good for small children but could stand in our way as adults?
  • Have you ever been the recipient of unexpected hospitality? How did it make you feel?
  • What’s one way you can show hospitality to someone today?

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Devotionals From This Study

Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

Being present is more important than being perfect

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Session 4

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Session 5

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Session 6

What changes when we trust God

The news bombards us with possible dangers, from phone scams to burglaries to hackers on social media. No matter our age or stage of life...

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Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better lo...

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Session 8

Generosity always wins the day

If you’ve ever traveled to a third-world country, you’ve seen the paradox that less is more.Americans will look around and say, “They hav...

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Session 9

Be ready to give a reason for your hope

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Session 10

If we want to win, we have to forgive

The assumption is that a good marriage is one where you always agree. A happy family is one where no one loses their temper or gets on an...

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Session 11

Why it’s important to reconcile, not just forgive and forget

Ever notice how the morning after a big fight nothing feels quite right? It doesn’t matter who you blew up at — your roommate, your spous...

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Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.God can’t use me because of what I’ve done...

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Session 13

Winning often doesn’t look the way we think

Some wins don’t result in trophies or medals. Just ask the mom who had three hours of sleep, but still got everyone to school on time. Or...

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Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

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