Last week, I wrote about the great kindness of God to bestow the blessings of His hospitality upon us – uniquely onto the part of His creation who bear His image. His bestowal of His hospitality should bring great delight as we see the world He created for our comfort and appreciation, great peace as we walk in His forgiveness and in relationship with Him because of the restoration Jesus provided between us and God, great hope as we anticipate His promise of living eternally with Him in a world untarnished by sin. This is God’s great gift of living in His hospitality.
There is more, however, as we live life today on this earth and aided by the Holy Spirit, that we must do to live in the hospitality of God. It is not ours merely to enjoy, but it is ours to share.
- First, we must truly be grateful for God’s blessing of hospitality. We must remember where we now live, positionally, in the kingdom of light and no longer in the kingdom of darkness, and express to God often our appreciation for all that He has done for us.
- Second, we must obey the same command that Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 28:18 when He told them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
In other words, we are to help others come to know about and how to live in the kingdom of light, within the hospitality of God. People who still live in the kingdom of darkness cannot, do not have the eyes to see, the blessing and gift of the hospitality of God. We must pray for God to give them eyes to see AND we must tell them.
- Third, because we do now live in the kingdom of light and because we are being restored to our original image of God, and because the Holy Spirit lives within in us, we are to show them the character of God. Galatians 5:22-26 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage – our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another.”
So how do we live in the hospitality of God? We are grateful for His hospitality. We share His hospitality with others through words and through lives that are becoming like His.