“REENTRY THROUGH SELF SURRENDER”
 
Day 15
 
Introduction to Week 3
 

            First off, I would like to thank you all for pressing on through this with me. One more week to go. So proud of you walking this Reentry Through Self-Surrender with me. During week one our entry was calculated and intentional. The following week our entry is evenly balanced and non- judgmental. For this final seven days, our subject is Team effort. When space shuttle returns form outer space it requires guidance and support from mission control to get them home. Pastor Renfro stated that our reentry should be like inviting people to come home. They are always welcome and invited!

Let’s think about how home makes you feel WELCOME. Merriam Webster’s definition is to receive or accept gladly or readily. What does it mean in the bible? In Greek main word for welcome is Apodechomai which means to accept from, receive, or to accept what is offered from without. I am using the verb of welcome not the adjective because it requires more from you. Any other Greek definitions will be discussed if, needed on that particular day.

I love acrostics so, each day this week will include one aspect of W-E-L-C-O-M-E as the topic of the day.

 

Week 3 Day 1

March 29, 2021

            Today you start with W from the acrostic. It stands for welcoming. Let me first point out what it is not. It’s not just saying hello or shaking someone’s hand. Instead, I would propose something much deeper. Romans 15:7 (Amplified version) reads, Therefore, [ continue to] accept and welcome one another, just as Christ has accepted and welcomed us to the glory of our [great] God. My Husband brought me flowers today (such a sweetie). It just so happens there was a picture and a saying on the tag. The picture is of a pineapple and inside it reads Be a pineapple, stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside. I feel this is a great way to cover today’s topic. Jude 1:24a (Message version) says, “and now to Him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in His bright presence fresh and celebrating…” Focus for a minute on fresh (Jesus said I make all things new, perhaps this should be our attitude to greet new people) and celebrating (how about celebrating the new people that come in our doors).

            Wearing a crown says to me. Keep your chin up. Remember to look people in the eye and give them your time and attention, participate, be intentional. (Hebrews 13:16 Message version) says “don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes pleasure in acts of worship – a different kind of “sacrifice” – that takes place in the kitchen and the workplace (or church emphasis added) and on the streets.”

            Remain sweet on the inside. Philippians 2:13(The Passion translation) portrays it like this, ‘God will continuously revitalize you, implanting within you to do what pleases Him.  The sweetness part is the sweet fragrance that goes before God. When your desire to do what He has already put in you, comes out in the way He intended, not you.

 

            Let’s pray: Father, God Help us today to be welcoming to give others attention and time to know how much we care. Let us see, all we do, as acts of worship no matter if it takes place in a kitchen, on the street or in the workplace. Most of all, its’ Your sweetness we desire to let come out and nothing of us. This way what You intend is sweet not only to others but especially to You. Thank You for the pineapple illustration to help clarify what this looks like. We love you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.