Bold Enough to Share Our Home (Part 3)

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Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:1-2

What is hospitality? According to our good friend the dictionary, hospitality is “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” Hospitality can happen anywhere but we often associate it with our homes. For most people, showing hospitality to our family and friends may be relatively easy, but with people that we don’t know well it may be much more challenging and even a little scary. What if it doesn’t go well? What if it’s uncomfortable? Isn’t it risky to show hospitality, especially to strangers?

Yet that is what the writer to the Hebrews tells us in God’s Word. It might involve some level of risk, but where there is risk, there is often reward. So what might that reward be? Might this person who is a stranger become a dear friend? He or she might, or might not. We simply don’t know the answer when we first meet or when we extend hospitality to them. But we won’t know if we don’t make the effort.

In both of his letters to the Romans and to the Colossians, Paul doesn’t simply refer to us as starting out as strangers to God, no, he tells us that we were enemies of God (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21). Yet even then, God loved us enough to take a chance on us, to risk being rejected. God cares enough about having a relationship with us that He was willing to put it all on the line through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. And now through faith in Him, we are no longer enemies of God, but we have become His dearly loved children. We have been welcomed into His family and will some day be welcomed into His eternal home.

Take a chance with people. Be willing to show the love of God with others that we ourselves have first received. As we do, the Holy Spirit will be at work and by God’s grace, another stranger will become part of the family.

Most gracious God, thank you for the gift of Jesus who loved us enough to die for us that we might become your children. Make us bold enough to share that good news with others that they too may receive what only you can offer. Bless us in our service to You as we show love to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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