TUESDAY, MARCH 12
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Hebrews 13:2 ESV
GOD’S EDIBLE LOVE
In her book Hidden Art, Edith Schaeffer of L’Abri Fellowship tells of feeding the occasional vagrant who would stop at her back door and ask, “May I have a cup of coffee, ma’am, and maybe some bread?” Edith would invite him to sit down, then go in to prepare a tray of food fit for a king: steaming soup and thick sandwiches, cut and arranged artfully on a plate with garnishes. The children would make a tiny bouquet, and if it was dusk, add a candle. In amazement the man would gasp, “For me?” “Yes,” Edith would answer, “and coffee will be ready in a minute. This Gospel of John is for you too. Take it with you. It really is very important.”
Someone once said, “Food is God’s love made edible.” And those men experienced God’s love through Edith’s cooking. Hebrews 13:2 encourages Christians to show hospitality toward strangers. Most likely it is referring to showing hospitality to other Christians traveling through their area. The Inn’s in those days had a terrible reputation as dirty and immoral places. Bed bugs were probably the least of their concerns.
Pastor Mike reminded us Sunday that “hospitality” means treating strangers as friends. Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14, “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
God places a great premium on opening our homes and lives to others. This doesn’t mean that we must open our home to every stranger passing by. And it doesn’t mean we have to cook for everyone because some of our cooking might scare them away. But it does mean we should be sensitive to God’s Spirit when He gives us a sense we should do something to minister to a stranger. When’s the last time you sensed God telling you to do something for someone who you didn’t know very well? When’s the last time you sensed God leading you to do something for someone who couldn’t repay you? Ask God to keep your heart sensitive to the times He brings someone into your life that He wants to use you to bless them.