Go: Entertain Strangers

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

You could read this verse in a few different ways, but I don’t think the writer was urging Christians to do stand-up comedy routines for strangers in hopes of “entertaining” angels. For most of human history, traveling has been dangerous. Away from home, you never know who to trust. Is the innkeeper a good guy – or is he working with thieves to ambush his unwary house guests?

go_350In that time, especially, Christians could actively show the love of Jesus by offering kindness, hospitality, and protection to travelers. As more and more strangers were given a night’s rest and safe passage by Christians, they would take the message far and wide that Christians are people who do good, even for strangers.

Traveling has changed, but there are still plenty of strangers in need of help, food, and hospitality. We can continue to make Jesus known by helping in His name those we do not know.

Bonus: You might even end up giving a ride, a meal, or a few bucks to an angel.

Think: How often has your family or your church participated in entertaining strangers? Has anyone ever helped you in a moment of need, even though he or she did not know you? How can you be ready to wisely (and safely) help out the next stranger that comes your way?

Pray: Ask God to help you and your family or church group to be available to offer hospitality to strangers in the name of Jesus.

Do: Ask a friend or two about any of their experiences offering and/or receiving hospitality to or from strangers.