Looking to Jesus

What Every Christian Needs to Do

This is it. If you want to get a handle on what it is that God wants of you, if you want to please God, if you want to follow after Jesus with reckless abandon, then as one chosen by God and trusting in the power of God who has caused you to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has given you a love for His inerrant and infallible Word, you will do something that many think is frivolous and expendable. Something so many believers sell short. Something many think is optional.

Here's what you should do: Do exactly what 1 Peter 4:9 says to do. "Show hospitality to one another without grumbling". Que shocked disbelief: "What?!?!?! You've got to be kidding me. Hospitality? Really? Fixing people food and giving them lodging? Being a good host? You've got to be kidding." No, I'm not. I'm serious about it. And by the way your view of hospitality is so shortsighted. It is so much more than what you think.

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Hospitality, literally "loving strangers" is the outflow of the life of Christ in you. If you are living with a holy expectancy of the imminent return of Christ, if you are praying fervently for God to act, if you are displaying a costly love that stretches beyond the limits of what you think you can do, then here's what you will do: You will eagerly get together with other Christians (in your home and beyond in very purposeful ways - think God's Word and prayer and fellowship and outreach), and you will continually meet needs, and you will gladly welcome strangers.

(Please note that the Holy Spirit is saying to show hospitality - love strangers - to one another, so you are to welcome each other even if you don't yet know each other or think they are strange - remember that you are probably stranger :-)). And you do that you will be doing what Jesus did. And it will be because of what He did on the cross in shedding His blood for you. And what is this thing called? A ready hospitality. And it is not optional. It is absolutely essential if you want to live a life that displays the glory of God in Christ and you want the gospel to shine brightly through you. So what are you waiting for? This is what you should say is your favorite thing to do every day.

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