|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
I thank God for the privilege I have to share His Word with you again this week. Last week, I taught on the secret of a happy home. I said Christ is the secret of a happy home.
This week, I will be speaking on Hospitality as the Gateway to a Happy Home.
The word “Hospitality” is referred to as a cordial and generous reception of or disposition towards guests. Hospitality also means the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly and generous way.
In my own term, I can boldly say hospitality is actually an attitude of stewardship, knowing fully well that you do not own anything because you are merely a caretaker for the real owner, God.
Are you hospitable? One of the most important assignments that Christ gave His church is to be warm towards people. We are His ambassadors, so, Jesus uses us to be His welcoming arms to draw people outside into His presence!
You must be willing to go beyond your preconceived needs, comforts, and ideas to provide an environment which contributes to the physical and spiritual growth of your family members. This will lead to the beauty of that home.
Hospitality is never a gift; it is a call to us all! Be hospitable by demonstrating a godly character and an excellent social etiquette. Be the one who reciprocates the type of kindness extended to you, without necessarily expecting anything in return!
Rebecca was a perfect example of hospitality (Genesis 24:14). Abraham’s servant that was sent to go in search of a wife for Isaac knew that any woman who would offer water to a stranger and his camels would be a hospitable person. The criteria for his choice were not possessions, height, beauty or education, but a warm and loving heart.
Hospitality was the strength of the first century Church; no one had a need among them. Those who had, eagerly distributed to others who had none; they had all things in common (Acts 2:44-45). As a result of this display of brotherly love, God’s power was evident in their midst.
You need to be sold out to being hospitable; it’s the path to God’s presence in your marriage and home. Are you a single person, believing God for a life partner? How hospitable are you? Singles who are hospitable will certainly welcome their life partners someday. The choice is yours!
The grace to be hospitable is available when you give your life to Christ. You do this by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and your Lord! If you want to receive this grace, could you please say this prayer? “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).