Week 25 – Showing hospitality
According to a Forbes.com article, many self-made millionaires say there are really three types of people in the world – us, them, and the irrelevants. The us people tend to be few in number. They may be loved ones or close business associates and dear friends. Those who fall into the them category are individuals viewed as either resources to use as long as they are useful, or obstacles to overcome. Then there are the irrelevants. These poor people don’t figure into many decision.
After reading this article I sort of had a sickening feeling in my stomach. How should we as followers of Christ relate to others? I get it. I have lived long enough to know there are some people who serve as obstacles in our path. But, the Bible is clear – where there is true Christian love, there is hospitality.
The Bible says Pastors are to be lovers of hospitality. Look at Titus 1:8 –
…but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled,
In fact all saints are to be eager to practice hospitality. Look at Romans12:13
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
In the early New Testament church, hospitality was a very important ministry because many believers were driven away from their homes. Many poor saints were unable to afford a stay at an inn. Since just about all the churches were house churches, it was natural for visitors to stay with their hosts.
I have mentioned Hebrews 13:2 several times when talking about hospitality. “Don’t forget to show hospitality to stranger, for some who have done this have entertained angels with out realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2 is a reference to Abraham showing hospitality to three guests. These turned out to be Jesus and two angels. The term angels simply means “messenger.”
The point is simple – any person could turn out to be a messenger of blessing to us.
Because we are to be given and lovers of hospitality, we need to replace our attitude of seeing people as obstacles and substitute it with Christian love. Look at 1 John 4:7-11:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we love God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loves us, we also ought to love one another.
Windermere is a place to show love and hospitality!
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