Topic: Hospitality: key to recovery
Text: Genesis 18:1-10
“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.”
What is hospitality?
It is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
“Hospitality is essential to the Christian life, as walking and talking are to physical life. It has its root in God and it is found in the scriptures as one of the things that indicate that you are a child of God.” – Pst. Faith Oyedepo
When Job was protesting against his sickness, one of the virtues he said he never neglected was hospitality. (Job 31:32) he said: “The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveler.”
There is a wise saying ” show little kindness.”
There are people around you which your little kindness will give them hope to live. Make people that come around you feel welcomed by giving them toiletries, food/water, have a conversation with them. Your guests will always remember your conversation and fellowship, long after the beautiful looks of your house and furniture are forgotten.
Hospitality is one of the signs of spiritual growth. If you can, invite a family for dinner, cook to families you know can’t afford food mostly on festive periods, buy or give out fairly used clothes to families that can’t afford clothes; be kind to your visitors whether related to you or your spouse, don’t discriminate. The way you treat your mother should be the same way you treat your mother-in-law etc.
As believers, we can’t just live for ourselves alone, we must reach out to the needy, less privileged and etc.
Prov. 19:17(BSB) says “Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender.”
Every kindness you show is a loan to the Lord and the scripture assures that the Lord himself will repay the loan.
It was through hospitality that king David had the direction to where his family was and many others have also recovered and restored through hospitality, it is therefore recommended that you take advantage of this great mystery and the Lord will restore you speedily.
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What a message!
Thank you pastor.