We looked at how we only have one day to be thankful every year but really, we should be thankful every day. So now that Thanksgiving is a couple days in the dead file, how many of you took the time from the food, or whatever you enjoy on the holiday to give thanks. Better yet, how many of you took time to thank God for all the blessings?Today we move on to the final part of our series Titled “Thanks”. Today we look at how Jesus would entertain, show warmth and kindness, and all this while he was homeless and unemployed. This is a lesson we could all learn from.
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I think we can all agree that throughout His time here on earth that Jesus showed us generosity and hospitality. There is no contesting that fact. What we do need to understand though, is the why and how. We must remember that Jesus was homeless and had no source of income. Taking that into consideration, we need to realize that there is no excuse for us whatsoever.
So, no matter what your situation may be, we need to remember that we need to show kindness, warm and be willing to entertain when people show up even if they are the ones blessing you. Jesus set an example with his disciples therefore they become characteristics of God’s law and not jut left for the rich and famous or the one with homes and a paycheck. Trust me when I say there are some that have it all that have no idea how to show warmth and kindness or entertain. Hebrews 13:2
Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. There is not specific formula to being hospitable. Homeless advocates are being hospitable when they serve you. If they are not offering a smile, showing some love and kindness, or an encouraging word they may be serving for the wrong reason.
Imagine the victims of the disasters that occurred in North Carolina and Florida. These people’s lives are uprooted. But thousand of volunteers from several state chapters show up to assist being hospitable.
Hospitality does mainly occur over food no matter the situation. So biblically, Jesus was man, but he was God and as a man he was designed to eat.
The bible tells us of stories where Jesus was hospital to all kinds of people. No matter the place, nationality, religious, or believers and non-believers were all part of his hospitality. Luke 14:12-14
Have you ever received something and wondered why or felt that you didn’t deserve it? I remember a hockey star who had just received an award and he stated in his acceptance speech that there were many others that deserved the award more than him.
Jesus treats and teaches us the same way. He teaches us to extend the hospitality to those that are not deserving. Isaiah 58:7
Have you ever invited someone to join you and have them refused? Better yet have you had them flaunt the refusal? This is what Judas Iscariot did when he was invited, and he refused it. Instead he turned against Jesus by taking the bread from the Son of Man and leaving with Satin
Now Judas Iscariot, was one that, though the invitation was extended, refused to accept it. Instead, he turned against his host, the king, our Savior. He took the bread from the Son of Man and instead of overflowing thankfulness, he fled into the night with Satan.
However, the night continued as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, broke the bread that represented as his body, poured the wine that represents his blood, let Judas run off with Satin, and forecast Peter’s denial. Then he told those present: John 14:1-2
The amazing part about the above was that Jesus accomplished this not in His house but at the house of the Guest.
We have all had those awkward moments where something gets spilled at some type of event. Better yet I remember years ago where a marriage dispute got out of hand at a holiday party that I was a guest at and it got messy.
Our Lord Jesus however overlooks the messy happenings but rather is worried about the uneasiness in our hearts. Jesus always hold out his welcome sign or holds out his hand to welcome us. Matthew 11:28-30
In all our holiday’s festivities, we sometimes forget what price Jesus must pay in order to accommodate his promises. Although here on earth, Jesus provided hospitality without a house but because of the price he paid by carrying the weight of our sins to the cross and dying there, all so we can join Him at His Father’s house.
Take a moment and close your eyes. I want you to think of that one moment that comes to mind where someone did something generous for you. We should all have at least one. Now let me tell you about the greatest generosity ever was when Jesus generosity was to die on the cross to pay for our sins and be able to join him in the Kingdom and receive eternal life. Ephesians 2:12.
Without the generosity of the Father who gave us His only son who was crucified and died on the cross to atone for our sins, where might we be?
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