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HOSPITALITY 5

by Olawale Ogunsola  
8/20/2017 / Christian Living


“But seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

     And all these things shall be added to you.”  

     Matthew 6:33. New King James Version (NKJV).

 

     After examining the lives of Abraham, Lot and the notable woman of Shunem, one can “rightly” conclude that, maybe, hospitality is reserved for the opulent.

 

     This is not so!

 

     Everybody has something he can use to be hospitable, rich or poor. That is the reason I will, by God’s grace, discuss the life and hospitality service of a widow at Zarephath.

 

     Apostle Paul has these words to say,

     “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

     That you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable

     To God, which is your reasonable service….

     Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”     Romans 12:1,13.

 

     The verses are for the rich and the poor.

 

     How?

 

     Do you know that the sacrifice involved in hospitality is valued and appreciated by the Creator? Many times it is not the size but the sacrifice.

Sometimes, you may not pay attention to a stranger to show him kindness. Lack may block your ability to perceive. Yet there are strangers who will approach you or with someone close to you.

     On the day that Prophet Elijah met the widow of Zarephath, this woman was about to eat the last meal within her lone son and die.

 

     WHAT IT INVOLVED

  1. There should be no delay. As soon as Prophet Elijah made his request known, “Please, bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”; the woman obeyed. This is contained in 1Kings 17:10. New King James Version.

 

  1. Other requests must be granted as well. As soon as the woman was going to bring a little water, another demand came, which was beyond her ability. “Please, bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” Verse 11

 

 

     The woman exposed the contents of her bin and jar which could not meet the needs of the man of God, herself and her son.

     This provoked a prophetic pronouncement that nailed the coffin of her fears thus,

     “For thus says the Lord God of Israel:” the  bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”  1Kings 17:14.

 

     And so was it!

 

  1. Satisfying strangers first. According to the man of authority, Elijah, he demanded to be satisfied first. The woman followed his instructions and she reaped the rewards. 1Kinngs 17:13-16

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BENEFITS

  1. She was not a victim of the famine. The window and her son did not die in the famine contrary to her expectation before she met Prophet Elijah. The Holy Bible records, “…she and he (Elijah) and her household ate for many days.

         The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run

         Dry, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke by

         Elijah.  Verse 15-16.

 

  1. Reviving of what is dead. The window would have lost her lone son but she was able to avert this because of hospitality. Elijah prayed to God of Israel and the soul of the woman’s child was revived.

 

  1. Knowing the power of God more. The Zarephath woman knew the Lord more. After his son had been revived, she said,

“Now by this I know that in your mouth is the truth.”  1Kings 17:24.

     Please, be hospitable! It has great rewards!

The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.

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