He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Monday, April 20, 2009

Don't Just Be Passively Hospitable

So, as you read below I've been hit HARD by the LORD over hospitality over the past couple of weeks. In attempt to read what my home boy John Piper was saying today on the Desiring God website this is what I found by one of the bloggers there:

April 20, 2009 | By: David Mathis
Category: Commentary

In Romans 12:13, Paul points out that one effect of God’s mercy on his people is that they “seek to show hospitality.”

Seek. Pursue. Chase after.

They are not merely willing to be hospitable when someone comes to the door or asks for a favor. But they seek to show hospitality. They’re looking for and creating opportunities to be hospitable, not just answering the doorbell.

That Paul would point to seeking, not merely being willing to be hospitable, makes sense. After all, it’s an implication he’s drawing from the gospel—a gospel that says God was not merely hospitable to us when we asked him, but he sought to show hospitality.

He took initiative toward us before we showed up at his door or asked for any favors.

I’m thinking who we should have over next.

Alrighty then...well..there you have it!!