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Friday, July 01, 2016

We have been looking at two examples of practicing hospitality found in Acts 16. Both Lydia and her household and the jailer and his household spontaneously practiced hospitality toward Paul and Silas and those with them, persuading them to share a meal around their table in their homes. Once Paul and Silas were released from prison by the authorities the last verse of Acts 16 says, “They went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.” It seems as though this was a one way encouragement, Paul and Silas giving Lydia and the brothers encouragement to be strong and faithful in their Christian walk – being points of light in the city of Philippi. When Paul later wrote the church at Philippi he reminded them in Philippians 2:14-16, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” I’m sure their example of practicing hospitality to Paul and Silas prompted Paul to write in Romans 12:13, “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality!” After their experiences in Philippi, in both Lydia’s and the jailer’s household, they themselves were encouraged to press on in their mission, convinced that hospitality should be practiced by Christian and by the Church of Jesus Christ. Let me encourage you to take practicing hospitality seriously in your life.

 

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