Happy Sunday folks!
I trust you have been a hospitable host today to friends and visitors. Your hospitality especially on a Sunday could be a good start for a great week ahead. When people break bread together, or enjoy recreation or entertainment, they often grow to understand and appreciate each other better. Better working relationships and more effective communication are often fruits of hospitality.
Let’s reflect on a certain story…
The story of Abraham and Sarah’s generous hospitality to three visitors who came to them by the oaks of Mamre is told in Genesis 18. Unknowingly to them, they entertained angels. This episode provides a background for the New Testament command, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. 13:12).
Surprisingly, the values attached to hospitality and generosity receives little or no acknowledgement among Christians. Notwithstanding, the Bible portrays the kingdom of heaven as a generous and even extravagant banquet (Isa. 25:6-9; Matt. 22:2-4).
Hospitality promotes good relationships. The hospitality exhibited by Abraham and Sarah, gives an early biblical insight to the way relationships and sharing a meal go hand in hand. By meal sharing, Abraham and Sarah reaped a deeper understanding of each other and an extended encounter.
As a matter of fact, the same is applicable to today relationships. Hospitality from the time of Abraham and Sarah is always offered in the host’s home. But many of us entertain only those we know. Abraham never waited for the strangers to knock on his door or ask him for water or something to eat. Sarah did not refuse to bake bread when asked by her husband to. Unlike many wives of today, she didn’t murmur about her flour. Abraham on the other hand didn’t save his calf; he gave it to his servant to prepare. How many men today can do such?
The way Abraham and Sarah welcomed these “strangers” should be an example for us to imitate. When people feel welcome by their host, they become comfortable and her willing to stay longer and even give gifts when leaving.
As Christians I believe this hospitality of Abraham and Sarah should be applied in the church also. The rich shouldn’t be given preference. First-timers should be treated very special.
Most importantly, members who are hosts to a gathering should not struggle the front seats or the best view or agitate to be more entertained than their visitors.
There is a song that says, “Abraham blessings are mine (2x), I am blessed in the morning, blessed in the evening, Abraham blessings are mine”. The blessing is the hospitality of God. The hospitality of Abraham and Sarah has become the hospitality of God because the promise to them is ultimately fulfilled through our incorporation into Christ through the Spirit.
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