Jan12FriRadical Hospitality January 12, 2018 Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink
Here for the next several weeks we will consider again the phrases displayed in our fellowship hall: THE FIVE PRACTICES OF FRUITFUL LIVING, based on materials by Robert Schnase.
Practice #1: “Radical Hospitality”
Everyone likes to be considered a hospitable person and every church likes to be considered a hospitable church. And many of us and our churches are! The practice named here emphasizes a further depth by using the word ‘radical’ to describe our hospitality. As followers of Jesus, our hospitality is radical because it is so closely connected to Jesus, the Lord of the church and the very Son of God.
The Apostle Paul gives this motivation for practicing hospitality, “Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Rom.15:7) The author of the book of Hebrews adds this perspective, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Heb.13:2)
Hospitality practiced for the sake of Christ and others is rooted in our own experience of hospitality and our making room for the presence of Jesus in our hearts. “We love because He first loved us.” As we practice hospitality in relation to others and God Himself we come to realize the deepest realities of salvation, that Almighty God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit made room for us, no matter how lowly or undeserving we are or feel.
When you and I practice hospitality we are doing a holy thing. We are imitating God. How will you reflect divine hospitality this week? -EGN