August 26, 2018: SOAP #3188:  Jeremiah 50-51; 3John Scripture:  3John (NIV) 6 They've made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It's good work you're doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! 7 They set out under the banner of the Name and get […]

August 26, 2018: SOAP #3188:  Jeremiah 50-51; 3John

Scripture:  3John (NIV) 6 They've made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It's good work you're doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! 7 They set out under the banner of the Name and get no help from unbelievers. 8 So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.

Observation:   John is writing to Gaius who had opened his heart and home to some traveling ministers.   The traveling ministers had returned and reported back to their home church.   They gave a such glowing report of the hospitality received that John writes a thank-you letter.

My focus was drawn to verse 6, 'worthy of God himself.'  I wonder if it is a hospitality that is worthy of being compared to the hospitality God shows us, or if it a hospitality that we should show God.   Hmmm.

Application:   If anyone deserves excellent hospitality, it is God.   I should show him the greatest hospitality as He lives in my life!   I should always treat Him as the Most Honored Guest!   I want to make Him know that He is welcome to share my life.   I want Him to know that I am honored to have Him spend the day with me.   I do not want to ignore Him or forget He is with me!   What could be too great an imposition in having the Creator of the Universe accompanying me throughout my day!!!     My response to any impositions is one way I can show Him how much I honor Him.   I do not want Him to ever think that I do not value His Presence or that He is not welcome!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I honor you!   I know I am unworthy to have you share my life.   Amazing, as you share my life, I get to share your life!   Jesus, thank you for making this possible by dying to cleanse me from the sin that separated me from you.  Holy Spirit show me how to express hospitality that is 'worthy of God.'   Amen

Pastor Leon
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