The “good life”…
How would you define it? To have the “good life” do you need more money, power, and influence…or do need comfort and ease…peace and quiet? I am definitely more of a “peace and comfort” type when it comes to pursuing my “good life”.
No matter where you find yourself between these two extremes, the reality is that we are all pursuing something in our desire to have a “good life”.
Would it surprise you to know that God wants us to pursue things… “with intense effort and with definite purpose or goal.” Let’s look below at what God says about pursuing through the New Testament writers.
… pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Romans 14:19
…pursue hospitality. Romans 12:13 net
Pursue love… 1 Corinthians 14:1
…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:11
So if you were making a list. You would need to include:
love, peace, faith, righteousness, godliness, sanctification,
building up one another, perseverance and gentleness
Does anything on the list surprise you? You might have expected the commands to pursue love, peace, and faith. But what about hospitality? Does pursuing a godly “good life”mean I need to pursue hospitality?
If you have been reading my blog lately you will have read of my struggles with hospitality (Welcome Stranger) and lessons I am learning about hospitality and love (Learning to love like that…). I think we need to view hospitality as the open door for us to pursue the things of God.
Such as peace with our enemies…
But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:20
to build up another in need of encouragement…
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.Ephesians 4:29
to show gentleness to one in need…
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:1-2
to have our own faith strengthened.
…that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:12
Make today the day you to pursue hospitality as you pursue the things of God.
 Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 662). New York: United Bible Societies.