So, as in a marriage, teamwork is required in any kind of leadership.
DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR MINISTRY AND SOCIAL LIFE. VERSES 9, 10, 18.
Greek, Philoxenos – Philo – loving. xenos – stranger. Or loving a stranger.
- Practicing hospitality.
Romans 12:13, “Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality.”
Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
1 Timothy 3:2, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.”
Titus 1:8, “But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;”
- Practicing forgiving one another: Matthew 18:21-35
Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
- Practicing consistency in every area
Cleanliness, proper and modest dress, courtesy and kindness, well-behaved, etc.
Read Proverbs 17:1-6.
If we do not add to our relationships and they grow stale. We replace one for the other.
Husband and wife as lovers need to add new relationships between each other. The same is true with father and son and mother and daughter. We need more than one relationship.
Example: Husband and wife, friend, counselor, confidant.
Watch: Husband – wife and friend. Mother – daughter and friend. Father – son and friend. Then the son becomes like a Dad.
In other words: Father and son become like brothers. Mother and daughter become like sisters. Soon daughter will be like Mom.
The more relationships we have, the greater chance we have of making it. Why? Son pushes Dad in a wheelchair like Dad used to push son in a buggy.
I believe God wants us to add to our relationships. Dad – daughter – friend.
Don’t go through life with just one relationship: Husband – wife, Mom and Dad, etc. Add to it.
When I left real estate I added the pastorate. I did not forsake all I learned as a real estate broker, then I added by teaching in a Bible College. Brother Hyles once told me that my experience as a businessman would help me more than eloquence in preaching, the preaching part will come. What am I saying? Don’t let your relationships grow stale.
John Newton, Author of “Amazing Grace” in time of shipwreck … remembered.
III. DESIRE EMBRACED THEM!
What did they embrace? The wonderful promises of God.
IV. DESIRE BROUGHT ACTION!
That’s what we need today – ACTION. Four important truths about their faith…
A. Their Faith was a VISIONARY FAITH.
1. They saw the Promises of God afar off…not by sight, but in their
hearts and minds.
2. They saw a better country…heavenly.
B. Their Faith was a GROWING FAITH.
1. They were thankful for the privilege of seeing it.
2. They confessed that they were just passing through.
C. Their Faith was a WORKING FAITH.
1. They actively sought the Promised Land.
2. They did not just sit, talk and wait on God to give it.
3. They didn’t just ignore it, thinking they deserved it.
D. Their Faith was an ENDURING FAITH.
1. They never returned to the country they left behind.
2. They separated themselves from the world and stayed on course for
the Promised Land. That is…they kept their hearts and minds on it.
3. They did not return to the Old World when they had a chance.
4. They endured to the end, and went to the grave believing in the great
hope of God for the Promised Land.
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
2 Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
How is your DESIRE and FAITH?