'Some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.' Hebrews 13:2 NIV
'Hospitality' from a Christian perspective works on a much deeper level than just inviting someone for a meal. In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus said: 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' (Matthew 25:40 NIV). When we show hospitality to others, we're actually helping Jesus.
Another passage in the Bible says that 'some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:2 NIV). 'Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground...Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree' (Genesis 18:2-4 NIV). These men were actually angels, in fact one of them is believed to be God himself, and they bought the news that Sarah would have a son (see Genesis 18). The word for angels in Hebrews 13:2 can be translated as 'messengers' or even 'pastor'. The angels we meet may not be angels as we imagine them; they may be other Christians.
The Bible says: 'Share with God's people who need help. Bring strangers in need into your homes' (Romans 12:13-14 NCV). So, whether we show hospitality to Christians and 'non-yet Christians', we are showing them Jesus.
So what now? This week, invite someone around for dinner or coffee? Share Jesus and his love through your hospitality.
Soulfood: Rom 12-14, Matt 15:1-14, Ps 5, Pro 5:1-2