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Hospitality and Other Gifts

August 22, 2015

Greetings,

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”  1 Peter 4: 7-11

How exciting?  If the end was near when Peter wrote this passage over 2000 years ago, then it is really getting even closer and closer everyday.  Talk about a perfect circle?  When I pray I become clear minded and more self-controlled.  That is why I pray immediately whenever I start having PTSD flashbacks.

As always with God, Love comes first and we need to share that love with one another.  Nothing is more important than love.  When we love we open our hearts and when we offer hospitality we open our lives and homes to one another.  Jesus wants us to be extremely close to one another.  We should be sharing our entire lives with one another.  Do you realize that the phrase “one another” appears nearly 75 times in the New Testament?

Everyone in the body of Christ has God given gifts and we need to use them to serve others.  Does your fellowship give you opportunities to use your gifts?  The vast majority of traditional “churches” give very little opportunity for those other than The Pastor to really use their gifts.  The open and relational fellowships I partner with, always give opportunity for everyone to share and use their gifts.  If you are not being encouraged to use your gifts in your fellowship; I strongly encourage you to find fellowship elsewhere with other people.

When we do share and speak we need to make sure we are in The Spirit and not the flesh.  If we are in The Spirit it is as if we are speaking the very words of God.  God wants to move or speak through every single member when we gather.  So please make room for everyone who fellowships with you to share their diverse gifts with you?  Everyone has a portion to share in our gatherings.  When we share our gifts we need to do so with the strength God provides and not with the arm of the flesh.  Just let The Spirit flow through you and don’t try to make anything happen.  When we surrender to His leading He gets all the glory and the Body is built up in Him.

I hope this blog made sense today.  I was having some flashbacks while writing it, but I pressed on through and I hope it turned out alright.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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4 Comments
  1. janet fowler permalink

    Blessings to you Chris in your faithful struggle. I continue to pray for release from that struggle. I admire your conviction to speak the truth in love.

  2. lila1jpw permalink

    I’ve been fascinated by that word, “hospitality.” When the Greek word is examined, it means “loving the stranger.” This is about reaching out to those who aren’t similar to us. We need to get beyond the familiar and embrace the stranger. As Jesus replied to the question, “who is my neighbour?”–it is the outcast, the rejected ones that we are to embrace. It’s easy to love the lovely, but can we embrace the social leper?

    • Lila, thanks for sharing that great thought. Loving and accepting the “least of these” is central core to the true Gospel of Christ.

  3. Ramma permalink

    Hospitality is one gift of many. My thoughts reading today is this…..if you feel suffocated and like you have no where that your voice /gift can be heard…get out! Even if you stand alone for a while or the rest of your life. Give your gift to God, to His children and you will never cease to have a place to put your gifts to work. Step away from what you’ve been taught by religion and look to Jesus, He will show you where he’s at. It isn’t in those beautiful buildings. Oh. He may come there to get you….but He doesn’t dwell there. He dwells in temples not made with hands. Blessings

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