Tonight, we continue to examine the twenty attributes of a Godly man, and we’re comparing these to what our scouting ideals suggest an ideal scout should act like. [Note: you don’t have to be Christian to be a scout, but in our troop, our families do share a common faith so we often try to compare how scout ideals and our shared Christian ideals parallel each other]
In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote letters to Timothy and Titus describing the ideal attributes of a godly man. While he was specifically writing to offer advice and direction on finding men who’d be good candidates to hold pastoral or teaching jobs within the church, Gene Getz, the author of the book “The Measure of a Man”, felt that it was a good list for all men.
This evening we are taking a look at what it means to be a man who is “hospitable” (from 1 Tim 3:2).
What do you think it means to be hospitable?
The modern dictionary suggests that it means “Disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity or express cordiality toward guests”. Based on this modern definition, who do you think would be included in the list of possible guests? Who’s not as likely to be on the list in the modern world?
Did you know we have an industry named after hospitality…the current use of the phrase indicates hotels, resorts and casinos. These places offer comfort and guidance to strangers for a fee.
However, you may have also thought of hospitals, hospices or hostels, too. These places derive their name from the same term, but may have a different perspective of offering protection and aid.
How about in the context of your own family? Have you heard the term used? Perhaps in connection with opening your home as host to guests, and more broadly to support others by offering protection and tending to their most essential needs during a time of want.
Why include hospitality on a list of attributes for “Godly men”?
Can you think of times in the Bible when people were hospitable towards each other or towards strangers in a time of need?
Has God been hospitable to mankind? Why?/How?
Does scouting encourage its members to be hospitable? If so, how?
In terms of duty to others, Scouts are called to help other people at all times, participate in service projects as part of advancement, and obey the Scout Law (i.e. helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, reverent, et.al.).
Do you think that demonstrating Scout Spirit consistently would be likely to earn a scout the label of “hospitable” – why or why not?
In summary, I think a hospitable person is someone who:
- Seeks to help others in their time of need (not only when convenient for me).
- Places a value on relationship development (not just writing a check and dropping it in the mail, although charitable giving is helpful, too).
- Makes an effort to put others at ease when they might otherwise be uncomfortable (be ready with a kind or comforting word at all times).