Grown up as a Singaporean Chinese , my parents some how taught me that we must always be hospitable to others. Especially when there is guest coming to our house.

Recently I been taught by Sister Davina from Acts College on our duties as Christians to be hospitable. I find it amazing to know that being hospitable is not a gift but it’s a duty that all Christians must apply in their life. Just as how Jesus was hospitable to everyone and welcome everyone without boundaries. He has no boundaries when it comes to being hospitable but only has towards wrong doing or sin.

Honestly, I feel to be hospitable to someone you know or like is easy. Anyone can simply do it but the Bible goes beyond just a friend but to command all Christian to be hospitable to strangers. When I was not a Christian about 7 years ago, if you ask me would I ever consider to help a stranger I honestly would have said no. Simply because by than, I was boastful and proud and could care less about others around me. Some how, when one turns to Jesus. He cleanses your sin and transforms your character to be more like Him.

Having been to a few mission trips, the experiences and lives I had help to transform was an encounter I would never forget that transform how I approach strangers and showing love to all regardless of their background rich or poor. Looking back I remember the 1st time I had a mission trip on my way to show hospitality to the slum in Philippines it reminded me the importance of being loving to others can have a great effect on others.

To be hospitable when one is rich with wealth is easy but sometimes I wonder how about those with little can they be hospitable as well? Right where I am in Singapore normally doing missionary work or charity would be the last thing in their mind. Doing good works or being hospitable to others is only for those who are retiring or simply nothing much to do.

Throughout the course we had to spend time intentional to have shared meals and Sister Davina did a great job to help us realise the power of meals. To offer someone a meal is easy but to intentionally sit and eat with the person that is why you socialise with others more. I enjoy a great time of fellowship and get to know new friends in Bible school and throughout this course on Hospitality it made me see the importance of the meals that Bible talk a lot about. In fact, most of the time before Jesus teaches anything to the disciples it was always at a meal.

During the course, we learn that during the 2nd to 3rd century Christian depended a lot on the hospitality of other Christians as Churches were ran from homes. Pastors had to go from city to city to preach and was dangerous for them to stay at Inns or public areas. Most times Pastors during that time had to live in Christian home due to safety from persecution on the streets. One interesting point noted during our studies, if a pastor was found to ask for money or requested to stay in the house more than 2 days they were consider as false prophet. This point of depending on other Christians for help makes me wondering how many real Christians would actually offer help to other Christians at times of need.

With plenty of resources sometimes it is easy to be hospitable but if one has limited resources in wealth or worst risk the security of having strangers living in our homes would a Christian offer to allow them to stay? In the Bible Jesus goes against all boundaries and traditions by eating with sinners which was seen during that time a weird act as only “holy” people eat with “holy” people how can someone of a status eat with sinners.

Conclusion, while I know it’s my duty to be hospitable to strangers and I have no issues doing so but just pray God would not make it hard or challenging for us to be hospitable to other in hard situations.. haha :)

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My name is Alvin Phang and I been doing business coaching and online marketing business since 2006. I have run various successful kinds of online business and that had helped me gather over 1 million of revenue from the age of 29.
  • Davina

    Sitting down with someone and eating together with him/her takes time, a precious commodity that is hard to find and share in the world we live in now. So, I treasure the fact that a person would want to share his/her precious time with me. It shows that he/she has honoured me. And for someone who is lonely, taking time to eat with him/her would bring such great joy to them. It may help them to remain sane :) to have a better well-being (physically, psychologically, and spiritually).

  • Derek Foo

    Indeed Jesus went against the cultural and societal norms of the day in his hospitality. He loved the sinners and tax collectors and was hospitable to them, yet still confronted their sin. He demonstrated true hospitality in loving the sinner yet not condoning the sin.

  • Shane Wong

    Indeed that with plenty of resources sometimes it is easy to be hospitable but if one has limited resources or worst risk the security of having strangers that would be a real challenge. I admit that it is easy for me to extend hospitality in the good times but from now on I will challenge myself to go beyond my comfort zone and follow the example that Jesus was.

  • Alvin Tay

    “In the Bible Jesus goes against all boundaries and traditions by eating with sinners which was seen during that time a weird act as only “holy” people eat with “holy” people how can someone of a status eat with sinners.” – This is quite a good point because it makes us wondering in this day and age, are we willing to go beyond the social “norms” in order to make someone feel comfortable or are we content in our own comfort zone. Love reached out to us and we must do the same for others.

    Thanks for sharing Alvin!

  • Esmond

    I agreed with sis Davina that ‘time’ to most of us is ‘precious’. For myself, I have ‘too little’ or ‘not enough’ time to spread evenly, like church, family, works, studies, so on and so forth. If monetary can buy time, I believe I still facing this word call ‘hospitality’ problem, due to my preferences. Is a fact that our heart physically is not in the ‘center’, that’s the reason why all of us are still attending this module called “hospitality. Take care and blessings.

  • Ruth

    Yes hospitality can be hard and needs a lot of effort and intentionality. Glad to see how this mod got you thinking :) Thanks for your sharing!

  • Isaac Wong

    Thank God for how He has changed you! I believe you will continue to be a blessing to others as you continue to practise hospitality, especially in the missions work which you participate in.

  • Alvin Goh

    I have come to appreciate the lessons that Jesus taught in the shared meals. In the Singapore context or even in church context, we fellowship among ourselves around a table of food. We enjoyed it even more when people start sharing their lives in those moments. We are happiest when we eat together and hospitality create the environment to eat together.

  • Aggie Chan

    “To offer someone a meal is easy but to intentionally sit and eat with the person that is why you socialise with others more.” ~ Ya… It never occurs to me until this module that there is power in shared meals. We extend our hospitality to others when we take the effort to hold a conversation during the shared meal. Honestly, it is a challenge to eat with strangers for me. I am still learning. 😉

  • Jorge Luzar

    Thanks for sharing :) It is very reflective indeed.

  • Sophia Shu

    Thank you, Alvin, for your sharing from your heart. True, I agree with you that just having a meal with some people is not our purpose of hospitality. Christian hospitality is either to bring prodigal son back to the Father’s house or to share life stories with our fellow brothers and sisters. God bless you. BTW, I enjoyed exploring your web.

    • Sophia Shu

      Wa, Alvin, quite troublesome to post a comment here. Censorship somemore.

  • Serene Wong

    Hi Alvin, thank you for your sharing, What caught my attention was this statement “To be hospitable when one is rich with wealth is easy but sometimes I
    wonder how about those with little can they be hospitable as well?” I pondered for a while too. I think if I am spiritually poor, I would not bothered to be hospitable and may just feel short change of all things.

  • Rachel

    Hi Alvin. During my first year in Acts college you shared with us your mission in Philippines. Very thankful that I met someone who has helped my people. Even though that I was not the recipient of the blessings but hearing about your mission for our people has blessed me. Thank you Alvin.

  • Jen

    hey Alvin :-) so easy to read your blog… you show great hospitality to us all by compiling all the blog links together. Saves us so much work. Really appreciate the initiative and thought.

  • Siew Mei

    Hi Alvin, it is not hard to be hospitable. Just start with something simple. In fact, you already done that by doing a favour for us by putting all the links together! Thank you for that!

  • Lily Choo

    Hi Alvin, I too never truly realised the power of a shared meal until this Hospitality module. Eating together has taken on new significance for me. By the way, my thanks too for compiling the blog links. Great initiative and thoughtfulness.

  • eileen

    I have never thought that Christian depend on other Christians for help. Now I know that I must first give priority in helping.


    Hi Alvin, mostly every Chinese family show hospitality to their quests. To Christians we extend our hospitality to strangers we don’t even know them at all. God can do a amazing work both host and quests.

  • Peter

    Hi Alvin , i am humbled to know that God has moved you powerfully for the past 7 years since you accepted Christ . Could see that the holy spirit has given you exposure to gain concrete spiritual growth that is way bigger than some who had been Christians by birth !
    Having said that , i am encouraged by your overseas ministry that adds new dimension to your perceptions and christian character . God bless .:)

  • sharon how

    Thanks Alvin for sharing.

  • SeeAnn

    Hi Alvin, tks for sharing.

  • Louis Lim

    Don’t worry brother, God will only allow what you do and not what you can’t do.