Be Hospitable

Are you hospitable? Do you welcome in people you do not know? Are you willing to feed someone who is hungry? Will you host someone who needs a place to stay? Have you ever thought you may entertain an angel?

Allowing anyone off the street to come into our homes can be dangerous. Though perhaps not as dangerous as we have been led to believe by the news. However, being a hospitable person is not only about allowing someone to stay with us.

Being hospitable starts with an attitude of sharing. We must rid ourselves of the attitude that all we currently possess is ours. We must realize it all belongs to God and He has allowed us to be stewards of it for a short time. Of course, we are to be good stewards. We are not to simply throw it away or waste it.

There are opportunities to host those in need. We can host a missionary. If you happen to have a low-level minor-league baseball team in your town, you may have an opportunity to host a baseball player. There are opportunities to host family, friends, and co-workers. And, yes, there may be a time when a stranger comes to our door and asks for a cool cup of water.

We must be discerning when hosting, but we cannot be so fearful that we become stingy with what God has blessed us with. We do not think of angels coming to our door, but we may just have one approach us. We may just see one in a homeless shelter. We may see one in a broken-down vehicle along the road.

We are not called to be foolish, but we are called to share what God has blessed us with. So, let’s stop holding onto everything as though we will never be blessed again. Let’s trust God to provide and share what He has provided. Let’s be willing to give to those in need.

I pray we all rid ourselves of our selfishness. I pray we have an attitude of sharing. I pray each one of us will be discerning and willing to share what God has blessed us with. Be hospitable. Rid yourself of selfishness. Be willing to share. Trust God to provide. Be a good steward. Have an attitude of sharing.

Hebrews 13:1-2 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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