Hebrews 13:1-2 1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Today’s verses give us two very simple and direct commands; continue loving one another as brothers and sisters and show hospitality to strangers. It is a practical reminder to show kindness to people who are far from like us. It is a reminder that we are all obligated to humbly love one another because God first loved us.
It is often so easy for us to get caught up in our very busy lives that we don’t take the time to show hospitality to strangers. We feel we can’t be bothered. We see it as a distraction to what is important to us. Instead of seeing these times as distractions, we should see them as Jesus saw them in his ministry; as divine opportunities to show the love and care of God. Sometimes God might be interrupting your life for a good reason. Don’t miss the chance to focus on the people that God has brought to you for help.
This doesn’t mean that you have to give every homeless person you see money or food, but you could give them a word of encouragement. You can show hospitality to the strangers you pass at work or on the street with a simple good morning or God bless you. The point is you may never know the blessing you might be to them. If you miss the opportunity to show those strangers around you hospitality, you might be denying angels and the blessings that God might be sending you through them.
Have I ever talked to an angel without knowing it? What a wonderful question to ponder. I wonder if by showing kindness to a stranger, I could actually have been showing kindness to a messenger of God. I have found that hospitality not only allows me the privilege of blessings others, it is also God’s gift of blessing to me.
If the people of the world were to truly apply today’s verses in their lives, imagine the change it would make in our culture.
Heavenly Father I come to you today with a grateful heart for all the blessings you have bestowed on me this day. Help me to share the generosity and love you have shown to me with all those I meet. Help me to see my neighbors and the strangers I meet with the eyes of Jesus. In Jesus holy and precious name.