It’s Hospitality Week (Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2010) here at Faith’s Firm Foundation and it’s also Thankful Thursday! To participate and/or read other thankful posts, visit Iris at Grace Alone (Thank you, Iris, for hosting this month!)
This has been an amazing week so far! After posting about the super cute Pies in a Jar (from Our Best Bites), my friend Phyllis Sather posted on them and linked back and then her friend, Molly, from Econobusters posted with a link back after that…..and the number of you who’ve visited since then has been so amazing and I hope you’ve all felt a WARM WELCOME and read a few posts while you were here and have been inspired, challenged and encouraged!
And that leads me perfectly into this Thankful Thursday post because I’m so thankful for God’s opening His Home in heaven to you and me. He even made it possible for us to come! He gave The Gift: Salvation through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son. Talk about sparing no expense! He doesn’t wait for us to come to Him. He invites. He pursues with relentless love! He prepares everything so it’s perfect, and gives and gives and gives.
Jesus’ life on earth was the Ultimate Example of Hospitality, remarkable and challenging, demonstrating His Father’s heart. I was thinking about that and the ways Jesus showed a heart of hospitality while on earth, and it led me to ask some questions:
- Is there someone I know who others have shunned, and maybe God is leading me to reach out to them? (Jesus was not afraid to touch a leper, Matthew 8:1-3, or talk to a Samaritan woman, John 4.)
- Is there someone whose past life and sin makes them think it is impossible for Jesus to forgive them, much less love them? Could you be the one God wants to use to tell them of His love and forgiveness? (Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee–Go, and sin no more,” to the adulterous woman. John 8:1-11)
- Is there a child, or children, who God would have you lift up on your knee to share the joy that “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so”? (Jesus’ example was, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13-16)
Jesus never sacrificed truth (He said, I am the Truth*), but no price was too great for Him to pay, either in His life or in His death, to invite us to share all that He is and has. He is the Ultimate Example of Hospitality. “Come eat and drink”–Come enjoy my Home with unbroken fellowship with Me……forever.
John 14:6–“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”