Who Are You Entertaining?
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 (NASB)
Who are you entertaining? I used to never have guests over to our home. Not because I didn’t like having people over. I did. But when you live on a ranch there is always something that needs to be done and by the time evening came around I was usually exhausted.
Then there was the fear that our modest ranch house wouldn’t measure up. It was small in comparison to most and in dire need of a renovation. And if people came over then I would have to clean. You know the drill.
But in the past few years I’ve changed.
Today I try to keep my house in a state of readiness, just in case I get the opportunity to have a guest over. This past December our home was more like a hotel. We had more people visit us in that month than in the entire year before. But we loved it. We feel that our home is a blessing from the Lord and we try to use it for His purposes.
In the book of Hebrews God warns us not to neglect showing hospitality to strangers. Why would He ask us to do this? And who are the strangers to whom we are supposed to be hospitable?
Abraham and Lot can give us a little insight in Genesis 18 and 19.
Abraham was sitting in the doorway of his tent in the heat of the day when three strangers came near him. He immediately ran to greet them and offered to wash their feet and had his wife Sarah cook them a meal. One of the strangers turned out to be the Son of God and the other two were angels. The angels went on to visit Lot outside of the city of Sodom.
As was the ancient Near East custom, both Abraham and Lot were extremely hospitable to these strangers. And without knowing it, they were entertaining angels.
Will we ever entertain angels? Probably not. But the Bible is clear that when we do these things for strangers, we are actually doing it for God.
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Matthew 25:35 says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me as a guest.”
So, who are the strangers we are supposed to entertain? It could be a new visitor at church. A family that just moved into the neighborhood. Or perhaps an underprivileged kid at school. When you see an opportunity to host someone, just do it!
Your home may not be in a constant state of readiness to receive guests. That is okay. Being authentic in your hospitality means that you invite people in anyway. It means that you host a dinner even though you may not be the best cook.
Sweet sister, who are you entertaining? If you’re hesitant to entertain guests because of the condition of your home, may I encourage you to just embrace the opportunity. I am almost certain your guests will not remember what your house looked like. They will only remember the joy of your fellowship.
Heavenly Father, may we be ever grateful for the blessing of having a home. There are many people around the world who are not as fortunate. Please allow us the privilege and honor of entertaining guests and in so doing, may we honor you and give you all the glory. Amen!