Teen Devotion

Evening Hospitality

Read Psalm 141

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, fatih,

- Galatians 5:22

When I come home from work each day, I'm tired. However, it is at that time my wife needs to tell me something and my kids want to do something. Now, I have two options: I can grab my tablet, open my favorite app, and play a game, or I can show hospitality. Maybe for you it's a little brother or sister who wants your attention, or a parent who wants to talk to you about school, or maybe it's a friend who sends a text and you just don't feel like talking.

Psalm 141 is a prayer for deliverance, not from my problems, but from as one Pastor I know put it, "evil me." When I am tired at the end of the day, when I am struggling with a cold, or even when things have just not gone well that day, I am at the most risk of "evil me." Evil me does not want to show the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Evil me is tempted to be selfish instead of showing hospitality.

Many times, the evening is when the people around you need your hospitality the most. The busy day has ended. Everyone is settling indoors. In fact, it was in the evening that the disciples were hiding behind locked doors and Jesus appeared to them and said, "Peace be with you," and made their hearts glad.

The next time, before you get on the bus to come home or walk in the house, stop and pray. Admit any selfishness you are feeling. Ask for strength to serve where you are needed. Trust that God knows what is best.

Timothy Lyzenga
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church

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