Pastor Thomas Costello spoke on Nehemiah 5:14-19. He talked about how Nehemiah lived out hospitality and made other people feel welcome.
14 Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. 15 But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels[a] of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. 16 Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we[b] did not acquire any land.
17 Furthermore, a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations. 18 Each day one ox, six choice sheep and some poultry were prepared for me, and every ten days an abundant supply of wine of all kinds. In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people.
19 Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion:
- Sometimes God calls us to something in our lives that will cost us something. Are you willing to sacrifice in your own life to follow God’s call?
- Have you experienced this in your own life already? Share your story.
- Do you share meals with your family or did you grow up doing this? How does/did this impact your life?
- When was the last time you had someone in your home?
- If you don’t have meals with others, is it something you would like to do? How can you make this happen if you have a family, or will you try to do this when you have a family or even housemates of your own?
- Serving others pleases God and blesses others. Do you spend your time and effort serving others? How does this impact your life now and how will it affect your future?