“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
When was the last time you visited someone and felt truly welcome and comfortable? What made you feel that way? In all likelihood, it wasn't just fancy sheets or top-shelf meals. It was the effort your friend put into making you feel at home.
Throughout Scripture, an act of hospitality becomes the scene for a holy moment.
*Abraham serves a meal for three strangers - who turn out to be God, delivering His prophecy about Abraham and Sarah's future (Genesis 18:1–15).
*The widow at Zarephath makes a cake of bread for Elijah out of the very last of her flour and oil, and miraculously she never runs out of food (1 Kings 17:7–24).
*Peter's mother serves Jesus and the disciples after He heals her from a fever (Matthew 8:14–15).
In our modern day, hospitality can turn into something no less holy. God blesses us for receiving others into our homes. And when we take the time to demonstrate care for someone else, we realize that we are merely returning the love God gives to us.
When there is room in the heart, there is room in the house.
Father, Thank You for the people You've given me to love. Be with me as I plan to show them hospitality. Father, may I be Your loving hand extended to those hurting. Refresh and renew us this day. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.