1 Peter 4:8-10
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
I think it’s significant that Peter’s admonition to show fervent love to one another is immediately followed by concrete expressions of that love, “Be hospitable to one another” and “As each one has received a gift, minister it.”
Notice that opening your heart by way of your home isn’t a suggestion. And Peter doesn’t say wait until you have a big, nicely furnished place – quite the opposite. What is needed is a willingness to take what God has supplied and share it. I understand that sharing your personal space might make you feel uncomfortable, but remember, what He has given is meant to be a blessing for you and a benefit to others.
For some, showing hospitality may be effortless, yet using other spiritual gifts makes you uncomfortable. Believer, take heart – the Lord will never call you to a task that He has not first supplied the power to do.
On our own, we don’t have what it takes to do God’s work, God’s way.
The follower of Jesus shares and serves from His overflow, not his or her lack.
I encourage you to surrender your fears, insecurities, and the “what-ifs” that plague your thoughts. Rest in the assurance that the Holy Spirit will exchange them for the strength needed to do His will. Commit to stepping out of your comfort zone and watch what happens next. I know you will be amazed and blessed.
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack
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