HOME AWAY FROM HOME

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Saturday 21 June 2014
THEME : HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Memorise:
As every man hath received the
gift, even so minister the same
one to another, as good stewards
of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10
Read:
2 Kings 4:8-17
8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha
passed to Shunem, where was a
great woman; and she constrained
him to eat bread. And so it was,
that as oft as he passed by, he
turned in thither to eat bread.
9 And she said unto her husband,
Behold now, I perceive that this is
an holy man of God, which passeth
by us continually.
10 Let us make a little chamber, I
pray thee, on the wall; and let us
set for him there a bed, and a
table, and a stool, and a
candlestick: and it shall be, when
he cometh to us, that he shall turn
in thither.
11 And it fell on a day, that he
came thither, and he turned into
the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his
servant, Call this Shunammite. And
when he had called her, she stood
before him.
13 And he said unto him, Say now
unto her, Behold, thou hast been
careful for us with all this care;
what is to be done for thee?
wouldest thou be spoken for to the
king, or to the captain of the host?
And she answered, I dwell among
mine own people.
14 And he said, What then is to be
done for her? And Gehazi
answered, Verily she hath no child,
and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when
he had called her, she stood in the
door.
16 And he said, About this season,
according to the time of life, thou
shalt embrace a son. And she said,
Nay, my lord, thou man of God,
do not lie unto thine handmaid.
17 And the woman conceived, and
bare a son at that season that
Elisha had said unto her, according
to the time of life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : LEVITICUS
24:17-26:13 and PSALM 135
Message
In the Bible passage for today’s
meditation, a great woman of
Shunem offered a home away from
home to Elisha through generous
reception and warm entertainment.
Her hospitability opened the door
to her long awaited miracle.
Hospitality is a friendly and
generous reception that should be
considered as a duty by every
Christian. 1 Peter 4:9 says:
“Use hospitality one to another
without grudging.”
It should be noted that some
people are reticent about generous
reception and some others are
even adamant in not showing
hospitality to the people of God.
Several reasons are given to justify
their actions or inactions. These
include tiredness and not having
enough to entertain. It is however
imperative and of great benefit to
be hospitable. This is because God
commands it (Deuteronomy 10:19).
Hospitality is an opportunity to use
small resources to attract great
benefits. This is an opportunity
every believer must grab whenever
it comes or even proactively seek
after. It can take the form of food
or lodging (i.e. accommodation
with facilities) as in 2 Kings 4:10.
When we encounter the people of
God who can benefit from our
support, we should not hesitate to
show them hospitality. Christians
as individuals or as couples should
be hospitable. Moreover, couples
should agree to make ministers of
God comfortable. Lots of benefits
can be derived from this. From the
story of the Shunammite woman,
it is obvious that making men of
God comfortable can solve age-
long problems, but there must be
an agreement between the
husband and wife on this.
Sometimes people argue that
hospitality can be expensive. This
could be true. However, the cost of
hospitality cannot be compared to
its benefits. The cost of providing
bread and accommodation for
Elisha was less than the benefit of
receiving a male child at old age by
the Shunammite woman. There are
instances where people
entertained angels unknowingly
(Hebrews 13:2). Hospitality is key
to receiving miracles, as reflected
in the life of Abraham and his wife
Sarah (Genesis 18:2-14). There is a
user of this devotional whose
miracles will be perfected through
hospitality. An additional benefit is
that you can win sinners to Christ
through hospitality (Luke 7:36-39).
The issue of hospitality should not
be limited to individual Christians.
As a church, you should show
hospitality to your guests and
visitors. God wants us to be
generous; He is always doing
something in return for our
gracious hospitality. May the Lord
help us to make your home and
church a home away from home
for guests and visitors in Jesus’
Name.
Prayer Point:
Ask God for the grace to be
hospitable.

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