Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable...
1 Timothy 3:2 (NIV)
Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)
Among the children of Israel, hospitality was custom, duty and Law. 'The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself' (Leviticus 19:34). Jesus expanded upon it:
'When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors... But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed...' (Luke 14:12-14).
His first disciples traveled from house to house, tending to new believers: 'Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality' (Romans 12:13). They also reached out to others: 'Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels' (Hebrews 13:2).
They were full-time ambassadors, and hospitality opened the door to countless hearts.
Today, a handful of missionaries live this same life. They leave the comforts of home and extend God's hospitality to the most unfortunate people in the world. They humble me.
Friends in Christ: posting on Instagram, texting on phones, hanging with friends and greetings in church won't do it. A mission trip is nice, but what about a mission life? A permanent outreach?
Let's not fool ourselves. Jesus was about inconvenient hospitality: going out of His way to help others.* He commissioned us to copy Him.
In these most urgent of times, He has given us a new path: media. Many churches consider it dangerous: filled with sinners and losers.
But aren't those the ones to whom Jesus showed the greatest hospitality?
## Leadership Series: Hospitality (Part 27)
* See Matthew 25:31-46: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.