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1 Peter 4:8-11

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A restaurant can have awesome food but a person will decide never to eat there because the customer service is terrible. The food could come out on time and be correct but a rude server can ruin an evening. You could be having a bad day, and your day be altered by the soothing voice of a helpful customer service representative that truly wants to help you in your time of need.
Or maybe you’ve been to someone’s house and they were rude. The house was nice, the couch was comfortable, the air conditioner was on but their attitude carried the spirit of Satan, you probably would not want to go to their home anymore.
As the church we have to know the distinct difference brotherly love and sacrificial love. We have to understand the difference between entertainment and hospitality. I briefly touched on this subject with the lesson about Ruth and Naomi but today I want to dig deeper concerning this subject.
The nature of hospitality is not just the role of the greeter, but it is a trait that we all should posses. Are you aware of the fact that people have experienced dynamic praise and worship, heard a beautiful exposition of God’s word and left worship never to return to that place of worship because the spirit of hospitality did not live within those people.
One of the dynamic traits of the family of God that meets at 1889 Genessee Avenue is the fact that we are a hospitable church. Our ministry efforts, our community outreach and the relationships we have built with many people show signs of hospitality.
Peter reminds us that we are spiritual refugees on this earth. Understand that Peter’s audience were amongst those who were Jewish Christians, dispersed from their homes. In 1 Peter 2:11-12 he writes, “11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
It’s easy to align ourselves and be nice to those who look like us and have similar backgrounds, but Peter is encouraging us to extend further to remain hospitable to those who might be different.
Closing Story
1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching Hospitality

Hospitality

To entertain some people, all you have to do is listen.682

A seminary student drove about thirty miles to church on Sunday mornings and he would frequently pick up hitchhikers. One day he picked up a young man who noticed that he was wearing a suit and asked if he could go to church with him. The student said, “Of course you can.”

The stranger came to church and afterward was invited over to one of the members’ home for lunch and fellowship. While there, he received a hot bath, some clean clothes, and a hot meal. In conversation with the youth, his hosts found that he was a Christian, but he had been out of fellowship with the Lord. His home was in another state and he was just passing through on his way back. Later in the evening, they bought him a bus ticket and sent him on his way.

A week later, the seminary student received a letter from the hitch-hiker. Enclosed with the letter was a newspaper clipping with headlines reading, “Man turns himself in for murder.” This young man had killed a teenage boy in an attempted robbery and had been running away from the law for some time. But the kindness and hospitality of Christians had convicted him. He wanted to be in fellowship with God, and he knew he needed to do the right thing about his crime.

Little did those Christians know that by their faithfulness to show hospitality they had influenced a man to do what was right in God’s eyes and thereby help restore him to fellowship with his Lord.683

Some of us are an act of hospitality away from doing the right thing. When we treat people right, it can promote people to want to live right.
The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Pe 2:11–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
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