All of our life we invest in things that we think will bring meaning, but then when we get those things, they lose their value. The first century household of Stephanous living in the city of Corinth shows us a better way. They were the first converts to faith in Jesus in Achaia and they demonstrated their changed lives as they used their resources not for themselves but to serve fellow believers (1 Corinthains 16:15). Today we can follow their example by throwing our homes open. When missionaries return home on furlough, give them a room and the joy of your home. If foreign exchange students need a place, be the first to open your doors. As I look back over the years, some of the most fun times Mary and I have had is when our home was packed with guests. This is a value that becomes more precious overtime. May the tribe of Stephanous increase.

 

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