"SHOW HOSPITALITY ONE TO ANOTHER"
I Peter 4:7-10
“But the end of all things is at hand. Be ye therefore
sober and watch unto prayer, and above all things have
fervent love among yourselves. For love shall cover
a multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without
grudging. As every man has received the gift, so minister
the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold
grace of God.”
So often we forget that hospitality is a gift from God.
Notice in 1 Peter 4 that Peter connected hospitality
in verse 9 with ministry in verse 10. Christian hospitality
is a gift with which we minister to the glory of God.
In my own life and ministry it has been my privilege
to travel many places. I'm so grateful to God for people
who have the gift of Christian hospitality.
Our Lord Jesus promised that if we would forsake our
homes and serve Him then He would reward us a hundred
fold, and I have experienced, along with my family,
the fulfillment of that promise.
I can go so many places where doors are open to me.
I'm grateful that my family has had the privilege of
experiencing of sharing Christian hospitality in their
own homes. Our four children have grown up expecting
people to be there. They enjoy it; they have been
enriched by it.
Of course we live in a generation now who is more
concerned about getting away from home that in being
home. And for some reason we don't have the kind of
old fashioned Christian hospitality that we used to have.
As a caring Christian, may I recommend that you use
your home as a place of ministry to serve God. No matter
how humble, no matter how plain, use your home to serve
God and reach people for His glory.
That's why He gave it to you; you don't have that house
and furniture and food just for yourself and family.
It is there to share. Remember, "Use hospitality one
to another without grudging." (1 Peter 4:9)
HOSPITALITY IS AN IMPORTANT MINISTRY
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