Have you ever had the opportunity to stay in a 5-star hotel? The outward appearance is not only exquisite, but it is also breath-taking and appeals to all of the five senses. Four years ago, my employer, United Healthcare, conducted a 2-day seminar in the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center located in Grapevine, Texas. The Atrium immediately transports you into a tropical paradise that makes you forget all of your worries.
What Makes a 5-Star Hotel
Quality of Service
Personalization of Service
Rooms, Dining, and Amenities
Although the hotel is a visual paradise, it’s outward appearance is not enough. A 5-star hotel has personality and character traits. Coyle Hospitality reports, Consistent, exceptional service is arguably, the single most important distinguishing factor between a five-star hotel and other hotels. Outward beauty without exceptional customer service would place the Gaylord Texan Resort in the category of just another nice place to stay.
Believers, what about us? Are we living a 5-star life that testifies to the world that we followers of Jesus Christ? When we interact with others including our family, can they see and hear that we are different?
Yesterday, on social media, I read a religious article that concentrated on the biblical knowledge required for us to know who God is and the impact that the scriptures have on living a righteous and holy life. What may or may not be surprising to you are the arguments that occurred between Believers. How can we represent God to others when we post remarks that are open for every eye to see? Disunity is very disturbing, and is always ungodly behavior. There should be no debates regarding the Word of God. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16.
When Jesus stood trial before Pilate, the Roman Governor, the Jewish people hoped that He would be condemned (Read Luke 23). What I love about Jesus is that He never argued, and unless He was teaching, His demeanor was quiet and He was a man of few words. So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.” But, Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. Luke 23:3-4. Jesus’ answers were always thought-provoking, and required the person asking the question to perform an in-depth self-evaluation.
Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life. Yes, Jesus Christ lived a 5-star life. You may think, “Well, He is the Son of God.” Think about the Baby Jesus being born to human parents, Mary and Joseph. They had the responsibility of raising Jesus just like our parents raised us. The same spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth and development that occurred in us from birth through adulthood, Jesus, the Son of Mary, and Joseph also experienced.
The advantage that Jesus had was that He stayed close to God through constant studying and prayer. He desired to please God. What attribute did Coyle Hospitality rank as number 1 for a 5-star hotel? Exceptional service! For us to be 5-star Believers, we must give outstanding service to God and others.
- Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” 38 “This is the first and greatest commandment.” 39″ A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39.
- But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. Galatians 5:5
- So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16
- But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23
- And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
- Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:1
We can only achieve a 5-star life when we have the mindset and commitment to be a servant of the Most-High God. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28. Jesus, our Role-Model, lived a 5-star life, not based on the pursuit of comfort or wealth. While on this earth, as a human being, Jesus gave God all of the honor, praise, and glory for His infinite love, grace, and mercies. The Son of God was obedient to God even unto the death required to fulfill the Plan of Salvation.
So, go-ahead, develop the mindset and continue striving to live a 5-star life.
Pressing Toward the Goal-Written by the Apostle Paul
I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Bible Reading: Luke 23
God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ who willingly died on the cross that we may live a 5-Star life, now and for eternity. We ask you to give us the strength to put all foolishness aside and to faithfully serve you. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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