Hebrews 13:16 The Message (MSG)
“Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
The next letter is “O” and outreach is what hospitality is all about. It is about making others feel welcome, about making them comfortable, feeding them, clothing them if necessary, and soothing their troubled souls. I read this quote from the Paraclete Book of Hospitality: “Hospitality is a kind of spiritual stretching; it forces us to become more emotionally limber. It is the crux of caring.” This makes me think of our Father stretching to reach out to us from heaven and us, in turn, stretching to reach out to the hurting world. When we reach out to those people, we are reaching out with the hands of God.
If you think about it, so much of our spirituality is inward focused… focused on what WE need, what WE should do and how WE can keep our faith alive. The practice of hospitality forces us to move outside of ourselves. It is about serving others and not ourselves. It gets at the heart of what the Christian life should be made of: generosity, grace, community, and striving to better the lives of others.
Out of gratitude for what we have, we are called to treat others with a sense of welcoming and of serving. Think of the words in Matthew chapter 25… when and where have you seen the naked, the hungry, the poor, the imprisoned? In verses 35-40, Jesus reminds us that hospitality is all about opening our arms as wide as He did.
The scripture for today tells us that God takes pleasure in our acts of worship of reaching out. I challenge you to “stretch” today. Think about where and to whom can you reach out. You may just end up with a new friend.
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.