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Hospitality and Other Gifts

January 8, 2017

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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9 Comments
  1. lila1jpw permalink

    Thanks for “working through”–it was well worth the effort!

    Did you know that “hospitality” is outward looking–the Greek literally means “love of the Other?” That’s why Abram extended hospitality to the Three Strangers. We often mistake “hospitality” for “fellowship–koinonia.” That second word is inward looking and is designed to point to the strong bonds we form with the people we “fellowship” with.

    “Just sayin'”

  2. Wongani Mvula permalink

    I really make sense,I didn’t know that one another appear nearly 75 times ,but through this blog I have known so many things and I can see changes to my life

    • Thank you for your more than kind affirmation Wongani. I am glad we can learn from one another here.

  3. "BK" permalink

    Love the input on hospitality, Lila! I actually sent this to the pastor of the church (yeah, the literal type) here in the community we are in for the winter and another brother as this was the very subject in their evening meeting last night…..the contribution of the Body of Christ. It was interesting because those gathered were like horses out of the gate (an ok expression?) when it was suggested we should have more ‘open fellowship’……one after another shared. It was WONDERFUL! The pastor said several times how ‘difficult this concept is for people’ but in reality it wasn’t the people who were having trouble….it is in his letting go. If the Lord opens the door for me I may suggest that to him 🙂 Good word, Christopher, also about the prayer for a clear mind. Amen, and love, “BK”

    • Thank you for sharing BK. I am praying for that “church” and the pastor to be set free from dogma and human control.

      • "BK" permalink

        Thank you and AMEN! Also, you really blessed me, Wongani. Thank you for sharing here.
        Love, “BK”

  4. Sue heumann permalink

    I appreciate your words that prayer helps to clear the mind. What insight. Also, on hospitality, it can be a test …. ‘Just sayin’ ….. And drives me to prayer, which gives me a clear mind!!! Hopefully there the Holy Soirit speaks and gives the love and true hospitality needed during those times.

    • Thank you Sue, The Spirit helps us even to be hospitable, what a great Helper He is in all things!

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