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Hospitality, what is it and why should we engage?

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ”

Often our culture depicts hospitality as a large immaculate house, a perfect dining table with stately centerpieces and a long tempting spread of endless delights. The picture is impeccable, but for many, unrealistic and intimidating. Christian hospitality is quite different from this unrealistic view. Christian hospitality is simply serving others well. It is using what we have to meet the needs of others.

Christian hospitality is an act of worship. Our gifts of service to the hurting, sick, and imprisoned on this earth is a demonstration of our love for our heavenly Father. As we learn to lay aside our selfishness and choose to minister for His glory, it becomes a beautiful gift to our King Jesus.

Christian hospitality is a step of obedience that brings blessings to others. God tells his people to “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV) As we are obedient, the world sees the love of the Father. “They will know we are Christians by our Love.” John 13:35 (NIV) We become His hands and feet in a hurting world. He uses us to give encouragement, comfort, and spread His love. Christ demonstrated His love for us. We must share His love with others. It is a joy to worship and obey the King of Kings through being hospitable.

There are many ways to show hospitality. It can be helping to show a newcomer at church where to park their car, showing someone to the correct building, a smiling face, or simply saying "hello!" Whatever the expression of hospitality may be, the Lord is glorified in our worship.

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Choose This Day

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Author Noel Due writes in his book, "Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You," in his chapter, “The Battle of Worship,” notes that Jesus' temptation by Satan to worship him occurs after Jesus’ baptism. There are many themes present, but it is notable that an incredibly powerful moment occurs in Jesus’ baptism that affirms not only the deity of Christ, but also affirms the entire Trinity. The Father speaks His pleasure in regard to the Son, and the Holy Spirit is seen by everyone in attendance as well. To consider that Satan would seek to tempt Jesus after this event is humbling; there was no question in the spiritual realm of the Son’s Kingship, but in the story of Jesus’ earthly ministry, there is certainly no question. Satan would choose to tempt the King of Kings and to offer Him things lesser that what Christ already possessed! What a picture of temptation in our own lives as we are infinitely lower than the Son of God, Jesus Christ, yet Satan would tempt Him to sin, so surely, temptation will be present and powerful in our own lives. Notice the nature of the temptation; Satan wants Jesus to WORSHIP him.

So much theology is present here that forms many foundational doctrine; a proclamation of the Lamb of God, Jesus’ Kingship, Sonship, Priesthood, His prophetic empowerment, role within the Trinity, identification with sinners, and the personal assurance of the Holy Spirit having descended upon Him. In the midst of huge theological implications, the focus is placed on worship. Who will Christ worship? Who will we worship? In considering this, we come to the root of our spiritual lives; who is the centerpiece of our being? Will it be Christ or someone else?

Our songs of worship are but moments in our lifestyle of worship, especially when we sing together as a church. Despite their small stature in the minutes of our days and weeks, there is something very powerful about the church coming together, with one voice, at the same time, to praise their God! Our songs weave the truth of scripture into musically memorable moments that linger in the mind of our church. In its most edifying fashion, worship music reinforces the truth of Scripture and its power in the lives of the congregants that participate. Do not lose sight that we have a choice of whom we will worship at any given moment. Our enemy cares not who or what we worship, as long as it is not the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. He and He alone is worthy of praise and worthy of our lives poured out for Him! For He alone is the One who has poured out His life for us at Calvary and picked it up again in the resurrection!

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River,  or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:14-15

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