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Angels in Disguise

 

Stranger

 

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” – 1 Peter 4:9

Do you remember the fairy tale of the king who wanted to find out if his people really loved him? He traveled as a homeless beggar and was taken into homes and given food and lodging. But there were some who turned him away and would not show kindness and hospitality to this ragged old man. Later, when he returned to his throne, he summoned those who had shown compassion to him and publicly rewarded them for their deeds. Try to imagine the disappointment of those who suddenly realized they had been given the opportunity to entertain the king but had turned it down!

There’s a Bible verse that speaks clearly of this: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). One such person was Abraham. He was sitting in his tent door when three men approached. His immediate response was to help them–to show kindness and hospitality to them.

Water was brought to wash their feet; they were given a morsel of bread with some butter and milk to satisfy their hunger, as well as a young calf. It was soon revealed to Abraham that these were not mere men but a visitation from the Lord. Abraham had the privilege of entertaining God’s holy angels!

Friend, hospitality is becoming a lost art. Our homes today have become a hiding place instead of a sharing place. Yet thousands of people have been launched on the road to salvation when they were invited into a Christian home and saw faith in action. Open your home today, and who knows, you might entertain an angel!

Prayer

Lord, help me to show loving hospitality to others so they can see Christ in me. Amen.

To Ponder

What keeps you from opening your home–and life–to others?