One day, a gentleman knocked on the door of an apartment, and a lady opened it. She said, “Can I help you?”

He answered, “One of your neighbors doesn’t have enough money for rent. They only have a couple days left before they’ll get kicked out. I’m going around and simply asking if anyone would like to help this family by paying this month’s rent.”

The lady said, “Oh yes, I wouldn’t want to see one of my neighbors kicked out! Let me get something.” As she gave the money to the gentleman at the door, she asked, “By the way, who are you?”

He replied, “The landlord.”

It’s easy, when we’re going to benefit, to look like we’re hospitable.

It’s easy, when we’re going to benefit, to look like we’re hospitable. But the biblical doctrine of hospitality—that is, welcoming in an authentic way—has to do with serving even those who can do nothing for you in return. When you serve people who can only do things for you in return, that’s called a business deal—a win-win. But when you do something with nothing expected in return, and you do it with the right attitude, that’s biblical hospitality. That’s welcoming authentically. And that is what the Bible says Christians ought to be about.

“…even the least of them, you did it to Me.” – Matthew 25:40

As Jesus said to His disciples: “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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