Your home. Your apartment. Your condo. Your tent. Whatever it may be, God has already given you what is, to me, the biggest evangelistic tool you could possibly have. The place you live.
Hospitality is not mainly hosting parties. Biblical hospitality thinks differently.
Jeff Vanderstelt // Hospitality & the Church in America from Newfrontiers USA on Vimeo.
Let’s dive in and look at the biblical view of hospitality. People have written tomes on this, so you can go read those if you want better answers. But hospitality has always been key to the life of God’s people.
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Nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one. And if we’re not careful, we’ll never be exposed.
I wonder how many people would short-circuit spiritual growth if they knew they’d never be caught. We know that in many industries people do the exact same thing to proposer in their job, though we get angrier if they choose to do it in certain sports (like baseball). I couldn’t even escape the idea of cheating on the job while watching a movie with my kids on Friday. The whole storyline of Monster’s Inc. actually begins because a certain, slimy Randall Boggs cheats by padding his scream stats after closing hours. No, nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one.
(Was Barry Bonds a cheater? Only the court of public opinion has ruled; but it was cool to see this at Cooperstown).
In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us of what is most important when we are considering our own pursuit of the spiritual life. It’s not that we are seen, how we are seen, or that we demonstrate it all publicly. No, what matters most is a life that pursues God in secret. Yet this is the hardest to actually show because it requires a deep love and desire to know (and be with) God when no one else is looking. . .
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Who do you say that I am?–Jesus (Matt. 16:15)
When you see Jesus as he truly is, he will be given the place that he is always due.
It’s funny how controlling we try to be and how we try to shoehorn Jesus into our lives so that we have some kind of resemblance of him. However, if Jesus really holds all things together, if he really created everything, if he really is the head of the church, if he really died so we might live…something’s gotta give.
A buddy of mine came up to me in between the services and shared the Powers of 10 with me. I had seen it before but had completely forgotten about it until that point. So the second service got to go through this with me. The first service didn’t. I’m sorry, first service!
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