“We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same—we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 Living Bible (TLB)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
When I was starting my 8th grade school year, my family moved from Tucson AZ to the town of Winslow in Northern AZ. I went from a junior high school population of over 600 students to a school with possibly 80-100 students. Culture shock to say the least! Since the town was so small, there was only one jr high school and all the elementary schools fed into that one school, which meant.everyone pretty much knew each other. Here I was the new kid and I wanted so much to belong and to be included. I suspect visitors and guests who enter the church for the first time feel much as I did the first time I walked through the doors of my new school. “Will they like me? Will I fit in? Is this a place where I can ‘belong’ and be included?
Think about this for a moment… Is it easier for you to show hospitality to strangers or mere acquaintances than to good friends? If you are familiar with the Easter story, you will remember that after his resurrection, Jesus was walking with two of his disciples and they did not recognize Him. Even so, as they drew closer to the village of Emmaus, they begged him to join them at their table and to share a meal with them. While at the table, Jesus took bread, blessed it and gave it to them. Only then did they recognize who He was. In spite of not knowing who He was, they had opened their home to Him. Our passage for today tells us that we are all the same in Christ Jesus so welcoming the stranger should be the same as welcoming a good friend or even Christ himself.
A community is a place where there is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Community and connection are basic needs of all humans and we all want to be included. Genuine hospitality creates a place of peace and comfort as an alternative to the fear of rejection and exclusion. In the words of William Butler Yates “There are no strangers here; only friends you have not met yet.”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.