“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”Hebrews 13:2
In my travels, I have found the people of Cuba to be very hospitable, not only to friends and family, but also to strangers. One afternoon while evangelizing in a town, we were invited to come into every house we approached and enjoy some sort of treat or drink. They would seat us in their homes and share their lives with us as if we knew them. Some of our visits, intended for just dropping off information about the church, would last an hour. The hospitality was genuine.
At a time when society seems to push us to solitude in our lives, we still want to remember that the Bible encourages us to be hospitable. Technology might be making our lives easier, but screens often replace real-life visits with friend or family members. Quick videos, texts, or Skype times are what we can manage. Often convenience and comfort have done away with hospitality.
Perhaps your door has been opened to a humble soul in need (or to angels?). Remember why we show hospitality—because of how Christ Himself has welcomed us (see Romans 15:7).
1 Peter 4:7-11
“The most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus might be the turf of our own homes.” (David Mathis, 2016)
Bible In A Year
- Joshua 23-24
- Psalm 108
- Romans 9-10