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Entertaining Angels

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:8)

Hospitality. It takes many forms. Yet we all know when we've experienced it. And we all know when it is absent. Many years ago I remember going to preach at a revival in a distant city and being invited to stay at the home of some church members. I thought I was at a bed and breakfast. They had a bowl of fruit in the bedroom, the bed was turned down, there was fresh soap and shampoo in the tub, and water by the bed. Every little detail had been considered to make their guest comfortable.

But their hospitality was as much about their attitude as about their actions. They were genuinely glad to welcome me to their home, and they were interested in me as a person, not just as a duty to which they needed to tend. Chapter 13 of Hebrews begins with the exhortation, "Let mutual love continue." And then the author immediately continues with a key example of how this kind of love expresses itself: "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hospitality to strangers is a concrete expression of the love of God.

This week we will have a wonderful opportunity to show hospitality to strangers through our Mission Garage Sale. Hospitality can be as simple as a warm smile, a friendly invitation, a listening ear, a helping hand. We can pray for each person and family as we encounter them. The hospitality you show someone may allow God to share his grace, and you yourself may become as much a recipient as a giver of this grace.

"Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Bob Shield

Posted by Bob Shield at 11:30 AM