Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 13)
The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:34 (NKJV)
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV)
When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed.
Luke 14:12-14 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are hospitable hosts. A host is 'a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere.' A hospitable host welcomes not only guests, but also 'strangers in a warm, friendly and generous way' (Random House Dictionary).
Like who? The old lady next door, the unpopular kid at school, the new neighbor down the street, the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. God wants you to welcome the people most often ignored.
Why? Because the world hates them. Because He loves them. Because you can save a life--literally. Rejected people become dejected people. Dejected people become loners. Loners become prey for enemy attacks. They can fight back and become school shooters or give up and become suicides.
My story: I grew up in a reasonably prosperous household run by extraordinarily outgoing parents. I learned party planning from an expert--my mother. Even so, I cannot recall a meal or occasion that lonely or unpopular people were invited.
On a professional level, my mother was a civil rights leader: a model standing strong not only for African Americans, but also for those with special needs and women in general. Her work was good. Maybe that's all that she knew to do, because Jesus was unknown to us in those years.
But for everyone actively following Christ, remember His words regarding hospitality:
'Then the King will say to those on His Right Hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me' ' (Matthew 25:34-36).
Because 'Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (v.40).
Being hospitable is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.