Always be a blessing to others
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
Greetings and blessings one and all, in the name of Jesus!
As we move into the months of November and December, my question is: Do you know what it means to have a spirit of hospitality? In my asking, I don't mean just during the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but having this spirit each and every day.
First, let us examine what the definition of hospitality is and what it means to us as we put it into daily practice.
Hospitality means "cordial reception of guests," according to one dictionary. Let us examine this somewhat further. To be hospitable means to do all we can to tend to the cares and concerns of others, whether they are saved or not, and whether we even know them or not.
For example, the primary role of a hospital or other health care facility is to tend to the needs of the sick or even those who are terminally ill. For the most part, these folks are, most of the time, complete strangers to the health care providers who are assigned to their care. Even if this is true, it really does not matter, but showing care and concern does.
Let's bring this a little closer.
As God's people, we have both a duty and obligation to do all that we possibly can to help those who are in need, even if we are not professional health care workers, and even if we have not obtained great levels of education or "prestige." Our task is to be a blessing to others through compassion.
There are always those who need food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine and many other basic necessities of life that many of us take for granted until something happens and we find our own selves in dire need.
In First Peter 4:9-10, you will read these words: "Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As everyone has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
What this really means is to help someone without constant complaining about our "precious time" being used up, or judging who we have been asked to help, or just being mad in our spirit. As we share or minister to others, it is not always about material possessions.
Finally, none of us came into this world owning a vast amount of material things, but as time goes on, God blesses us with many things that we think we simply cannot do without; for example, our cellphones.
In Acts 20:35, the Apostle Paul quotes Jesus during a message, saying, "I have shown you all things, so that as you work, you should support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus and how he said, "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
These words can certainly form a strong theme for the true meaning of hospitality or being wiling to be in a mode of giving, as opposed to a mode of receiving, for the God that I serve will still bless us according to our needs.
As we head toward these two major holidays, let us remember how good it would be to bless others. If you see someone in need today, get up and bless that brother and sister in the name of Jesus. In return, God will bless you back.
May God richly bless and keep you is my prayer for you.
The Rev. Milford Lewis Griner is senior pastor of Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church in Jonesville.