I have been fortunate AND convicted to watch how members of churches where we’ve been staying have fulfilled the exhortation the Apostle Paul gave to the members of the church at Philippi.
“… in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who… emptied himself by taking the form of a servant.” (Philippians 2:3-5,7)
What a blessing and encouragement it has been to be on the receiving end of others’ thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness. Practicing the gift of hospitality—from opening the church facilities for our use, to providing meals, to providing snacks, to sending us out with extra food for our next meals and/or for our rest stops, to arranging shower facilities, to other acts of kindness and sacrifice I haven’t even noticed—has shown me an example of Christlikeness that I otherwise would not have seen this summer without being on the adventure.
I am humbled by my fellow brothers and sisters, and can only bow my knees in humility and pray, “Lord, make me more like these Christian brothers and sisters who consider the needs of others and do whatever is necessary to meet those needs. Amen.”