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“Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined (Titus 1: 8 NIV). In this letter to Titus, the apostle Paul talks about necessary qualities of Christian leadership. Hospitality, according to the apostle, is a critical quality. This means that the practice of hospitality is not a secondary factor, but an inherent part of the leader God uses. Therefore, it is necessary to understand three facts:
First, Christian leadership is first and foremost servant leadership. Larry Kreider, founder of Dove Fellowship, said it well, “Leaders who are secure in the love of their heavenly Father are free to serve, expecting nothing in return. They do not need their egos caressed to function as leaders. They have a healthy confidence in themselves and do not seek approval or acceptance from others. They are happy to serve because they know they are deeply loved by God.”
Practice - Hospitality - Servants - Pride - Hardness
The practice of hospitality makes us better servants. It challenges us to overcome pride and hardness of heart, and helps us to be like Jesus and to serve his church.
Second, hospitality is taught emphatically in Scripture: When Paul directed the Romans to “practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13), his desire was to help Christians cooperate with one another in love. The apostle John taught that hospitality is the duty of those who serve Christ, being...
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