You Are Cordially Invited…

January 15, 2011 Donna New

Let a little water be brought, and you may wash your feet and recline and rest yourselves under the tree. And I will bring a morsel (mouthful) of bread to refresh and sustain your hearts before you go on further… (Genesis 18:4, 5 Amp)

Verse 6 and on down a ways says that Abraham had Sarah make cakes and Abraham got a calf cooking, got some milk and curds. He was very generous with his hospitality, much more than he had even promised. Of course in these verses he was serving the Lord dinner.

In Romans 1:13 Amp it says …Pursue the practice of hospitality. 1 Peter 4:9 Amp says Practice hospitality to one another. It also says we should do this cordially and graciously, kind of like Abraham.

The purpose of hospitality is to refresh and sustain each others hearts. Our hearts become weary on this earth. On our travel through we get sideswiped by troubles and temptation. For someone to bring us into their home and feed us and treat us cordially gives us a refreshing and a strengthening for the next journey.

The Lord in Abraham’s verses had given Abraham and Sarah a new name. He had promised them and made it clear that by this time next year they’d have a baby they would call Isaac. The Lord had been generous with Abraham and Abraham wanted to be generous with the Lord. So he was gracious and cordial. We should be too because the Lord has graciously given His Son completely on our behalf. And He cordially meets with us as often as we go before Him.

My main goal in 2011 is to be able to be hospitable. I am a SHE (sidetracked home executive) that needs to be a flybaby which is a person who is learning to focus on her home a little while each day. And I need to be gracious and cordial and generous. The Lord and I need to work on these three in me. So I’m going to be praying about my hospitality quality. Thank You Lord that You work on our hearts and still change us.

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