Read: Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (NIV)
The original readers of Hebrews would likely have thought about Abraham when reading this verse. In Genesis 18, Abraham welcomes three strangers in the land of Canaan, urging them to sit and eat a meal before continuing their journey. Two of the “men” are angels, while the third is the Lord. They had come to say that Abraham’s wife Sarah will have a son—the heir God had promised Abraham long ago. The writer of Hebrews references this story to remind the early Christians of the importance of hospitality. In welcoming the stranger, we might even be welcoming Christ himself.
Hospitality is difficult. It requires making space in your life for another person, which can be uncomfortable. Hospitality comes in many forms. It can look like offering someone a place to stay or a meal. It can also look like being a safe place for someone to share their thoughts and feelings, or giving someone the space to grow and be empowered to do what they are created to do. No matter the form, hospitality is an essential aspect of belonging and love, and thus of God’s kingdom.
One friend of mine loves to offer hospitality to others. He has taught me a lot about what hospitality looks like, whether by one of his three-course meals lovingly prepared or in much simpler ways. Sometimes all it takes is a cup of water. —Amy Curran
Prayer: Lord, help us welcome you.