Greetings in the Mighty life changing Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!!!
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality
1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach
Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging
The Word of God is powerful and life changing! Some would say that hospitality is a gift. You may want to look at it that way but I see it as an act of obedience. When the scripture says twice to be given to hospitality then guess what? We should be given to hospitality!!! When it says love it we should love it. When it says use it we should use it! So what's left after all of that. OBEDIENCE!!
My wife and I have been in the ministry 25 years this October. One of the ways we have found that has continually made the difference is simply obeying the Word of God when it comes to hospitality. What a joy it has been of ours to open our homes and hearts to be people weekly. I must say that their is a price to pay. The price is marginal in light of the joy of ministering to people. Oh yeah the price! Well when people come to your house you are transparent. When people come to your house and you are hospitable to them it cost a lot of money. Theirs also a lot of cleaning up to do and preparation that has to be made. All of this is part of the ministry that all of us need to be involved in. I have met so many people that would never open their home to anyone to come over. I believe its time we bury that thought. How bout we all as Christians understand what the Bible teaches about hospitality and start obeying it!! Glory! What a change it will make in our local churches!
On another note, today looks like its going to be the day that I fly the airplane. The pesty oil leak has been resolved and I should be flying sometime around 9 today. I will keep you posted. What a joy to be able to use aviation as a tool to get more accomplished for Christ! Keep praying and believing for the next church plant and the furthering of other church plants that already exist! What a thrill! Bless the Lord! Glory to God!
A Servant for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Jesus Christ!
Pastor Todd Bell