To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Aug 28, 2019 by Becki Kneeland


1 Peter 4:9-11 says:

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength that God provides.”

The above verse has been the foundational verse that I have used for Hospitality Ministries for many years.  From time to time I need to be reminded of the words that Peter spoke when I am engaging with folks from our church and our community.  Believe it or not, I don’t always feel hospitable.  I truly love people but still there are days that it doesn’t come natural. I think that is when the above verse means more to me than any other time.  You see, true hospitality is not meant to come from me.  It is meant to come from our Lord through me.  In my flesh I am not capable of loving you the way that you need to be loved,  serving you in the way you need to be served and offering grace to you the way you need.  I will fail you miserably every time.   However, if I come to you through the power of Jesus Christ, I will love you with words that are spoken to you as if God is speaking through me, and I will serve and minister to you through the strength that God has given me.  That is what true hospitality should look like.  I am so fortunate to be a part of a church that is led by a pastor who puts God infused hospitality as a priority.  Beginning September 8, Pastor Wes will begin a sermon series on radical hospitality.  I encourage you be present, and be involved.  Let God begin a hospitable work in you.

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