To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

WHEN HOSPITALITY BECOMES THE FUEL FOR DISCIPLESHIP

Posted on Sep 18, 2019 by Brian Seewald

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Nothing we do for the Kingdom of God can be void of building relationships. Relationships are at the center, for God is a relational God. God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit are all in relationship with one another. God knew the value and necessity of relationships in the beginning when He created a man and woman. Relationships are a key component (not religion) to fulfilling the Great Commandment to love God and the second, love others. So where does discipleship truly begin? It begins with hospitality. It begins when we are host to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in our daily lives. When we learn how to do this well, and our cup begins to fill to overflowing, then we become hosts to all those around us. Our love will stream from the love of the right source; the source, the well and the heart of the Father. Every time you encounter a stranger and welcome them as a neighbor; every time you invite a neighbor into a deeper place called friendship; every time you consider a friend as family...we move people closer to the heart of God. True discipleship occurs if we are moving towards the heart of God and we invite others to join us in this wonderful journey. As we move closer to the heart of God, true love overtakes. This is hospitality at the purest level. God-encountering hospitality!

Matthew 10:42 says,

“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

What is the cold glass of water that we can offer others this week? Where can we offer that water? When will we step out in faith and begin? Let’s truly be the Church and make Jesus real by being the best host to the father and to all those whom we might call stranger, neighbor, friend and family! Allow hospitality to become the fuel for discipleship!



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