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Big Hearts and Open Arms

by | Dec 1, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:13

Outside of the current moment, our culture consistently tells us success is found in the next rung on the corporate ladder. When we earn just a little more, we’ll have enough. We need the newest piece of technology, car, home – what’s on your list?

n the verse above, Paul points that generosity and hospitality are closely related because both speak to a lack of selfishness. The message of the Gospel consistently undermines how we look at the world around us.

“God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.”

Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle

Generosity is a learned behavior. We should learn to give out of more than obligation, but out of a desire to be generous toward God and others. So, we will then be grateful for the opportunities to give to other ministries and give of both our time and resources.

According to my dictionary app, hospitality speaks to the “generous reception of guests, visitors, or strangers.” I am reminded of Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 –

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 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”(Matthew 25: 34-36).

Some of us may be more generous or hospitable than others, but I am convinced that no one has achieved perfection in this area of life. No matter how generous or hospitable we are, surely there is room to grow. So, how will we practice these essential characteristics of the Christian life today? A small step?

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