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We Are To Be Given To Hospitality

We Are To Be Given To Hospitality
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 13

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the tenth as well as the last of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that tenth duty is also our 13th way to honor God.  

13.    "Given to hospitality" (Rom 12 v. 13)

Okay, our last responsibility in our family obligations as Christian believers is to be "Given to hospitality." 

In our last devotional, we looked at "Distributing to the needs of the Saints," and "Hospitality" is that next step of being generous and loving with what God has given us.  Being "Hospitable," means that we are to be, welcoming, friendly, warm, cordial, generous, and kind to others.  

The Greek translation of this verse literally means that we are to be, "Pursuing the love of strangers."

Q:      What does this mean to us?

A:    This means that we are not just to meet the needs of those who come to us for help - but that we are to be looking for opportunities to help others.

When we are being hospitable to others, we need to do it with sincerity - just as we were told in our first way to honor God, "Let love be without hypocrisy." And so it is with hospitality, we must be sincere when doing this - as if we are doing it for God, and not looking for some sort of payoff from those we are entertaining and serving.  

All too often people are giving with the hopes of getting something back - perhaps a perk, such as a job, an important connection, or some other gratuity.  This is the nature of our cultural today as most promotions that are done today are geared towards having those in attendance becoming future customers.  Most parties that are given are being done so with careful consideration as to who is invited - making sure that a particular set of people is present - again with ulterior motives.

Well, let's see what Jesus has to say about our being hospitable and who we should invite to our parties.  In the following verses, Jesus was giving a reprimand to the Pharisees about this very subject, and He gave us clear instruction as well.  

 "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." Luke 14:13-14 (NKJV)

So Jesus was saying "when you invite people over, don't just invite those people:

  • Who can do something for you
  • Who can pay you back for inviting them
  • Who will include you into their circle of friends
  • Who will return your invitation
When you give a party, make sure that you invite the so-called "nobodies" as well, and share a sincere hospitality with them - showing them the love of Christ.

I think if we keep one scripture at the back of our mind - we will always have a proper balance of how we should fulfill our personal duties as Christians to the body of believers - and it is this:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to look for opportunities today to be hospitable to others.  It could be strangers or other people that you have never taken the time to get to know because of your feelings.  God wants to do a work in your life today, and it just may be that you are prohibiting Him from doing that work.  Besides, you may just never know whom God has allowed to come into your life.

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about being hospitable to others by the verses contained within this scripture?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being hospitable only to those in the body of believers that you feel comfortable with?

APPLICATION: Ask God today whom He would want you to look for an opportunity to be hospitable with.  Now, do it with sincerity as if unto the Lord-not begrudgingly or our of necessity.

Father, Thank You for teaching me Your Word.  Father forgive me for those times that I have not went out of my way to be hospitable to others.  Help me to see these people as You do Lord, and give me the ability to be what You have called me to be during those opportunities.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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