Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Not Neglecting Hospitality

Here's part of a sermon that I found on Piper's website:

The Ultimate Act of Hospitality Done for God's Glory
The ultimate act of hospitality was when Jesus Christ died for sinners to make everyone who believes a member of the household of God. We are no longer strangers and sojourners. We have come home to God. Everybody who trusts in Jesus finds a home in God.
And why did God do it? Why send his only Son to die so that sinners could have hospitality in heaven? Ephesians 1:5–6: "He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace."
He did it for the praise of the glory of his grace. It was the same reason that he rescued unworthy strangers in Egypt—for his own glory. This was grace in the Old Testament and it is grace in the New.
"By grace are you saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8). The ultimate foundation of Christian hospitality is God's unwavering commitment to glorify the freedom and all-sufficiency of his grace.

Kinda puts things into perspective doesn't it? It matters how we treat others! It matters if we talk to that person that sat alone in the service Sunday! It matters that we offer our homes for others to come and eat and talk! It matters that we are not wrapped up in our world, in our family, in our friends.....It matters because HIS GLORY matters!

Read the rest of the sermon here

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