Seize the Moment – Day 181

Hope, Harmony and Hospitality!

Romans 15


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, September 14.


The Christian life is marked by certain attributes clearly laid out for us in Scripture. Let’s look at 3 H’s found in Romans 15:4-7, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”


The first is Hope! Hope is faith focused on the future. When we lose hope, we lose our ability to see God working in and through us to bring about His purposes for the future.


How is your hope?


The second is Harmony! In Jesus, we become as one in family. Harmony is the process of bringing together that which is diverse for the same purpose—to lift up the Name above all names so that all people came come and see what the Lord has done for them. In our diversity, we have unity in Jesus Christ!


How is your harmony?


The third is Hospitality! It is not about simple smiles and a façade of caring; it is truly meeting the needs of the other. Christians are called to be the hands and feet of Christ with arms wide open and hands outstretched!


How is your hospitality?


These 3 H’s—hope, harmony, and hospitality—serve one purpose: to make the Presence of God known in and through the Church—the body of Christ!


Seize the moment and respond to the presence of God.

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