Gracious Host

Isn’t it kind of God to intertwine our Community Group study and the Community Cookout?  Check this out: 1 Peter 4:8-11 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”

We can glorify God through our service at the Community Cookout this Sunday.  It may take the form of changing out the overflowing garbage to making/passing out bags of popcorn to taking a shift at the bouncy house…whatever the service opportunity, this passage of scripture reminds us to care for our guests by (insert your position of service) without grumbling.  The bottom line is that service with a willing and kind smile speaks volumes about the God we serve.

The other truth that can be gleaned from this passage of scripture is that God will provide us the strength to serve so that He may be glorified.  This means that we do not have be afraid to welcome our guests and strike up a conversation with them because it’s “out of our comfort zone.”  God will give us the courage to sit across from someone we have not met before to ask a few simple questions: “How did you find out about the cookout?”, “Do you attend church anywhere right now?”, “Did you bring any children with you today?”  Each of these will open up the doors of communication and evidence Christ’s love.

Remember, Sunday is not about the food, it’s not about your clique of friends, it’s not about waiting for someone to serve you, it’s about an opportunity to make God look Grrrrreat!  Looking forward to spending the day with our brothers and sisters and new friends.

Chris and Michelle Erickson