Today’s Reading : Hebrews 13: 1-6
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”
Each year as the wonderful Four12 conference approaches there is a call put out across the church for hosting, for us to open our homes to strangers from across the nations, to give them a roof, good food, and a warm and loving welcome into our fellowship. For many of us it is a sacrifice, it costs us, it inconveniences us. And if I am honest, that “strangers” thing is sometimes just a little bit scary.
We have been brave and offered hosting for a few years now, and I would like to share something of our experience. We have had a beautifully rich variety of people come and stay with us. To my knowledge we have not yet entertained angels, but maybe we were, as it says in the Word “unawares”.
What I can say for certain is that God has put people in my home who have encouraged us and spoken rich blessing into our lives, prophesied over us powerfully as only a stranger can do. He has brought people from many parts of the world, from Africa, Europe, even Russia, people with rich and varied cultures, people with amazing testimonies of God’s goodness.
Last year, he put a family across our path who were just a complete and total gift from God, both while they were here, in the way God melded our hearts together, and since as our relationship has flourished even across national borders. God’s gift to us in these wonderful people has genuinely been one of the greatest treasures in my life, and God has used them to transform my family, right here on the Isle of Man, far and beyond anything I could have expected or imagined.
And this testimony that I share is by no means alone amongst our church family. Many of those who have opened up their homes have been blessed by their guests far and beyond anything that they would have expected, and all have their own testimonies of God’s goodness to share.
True treasure is found in people, it’s just the way God has created things. And if we invest in offering hospitality to amazing people who are foreigners and strangers in our land, we will gain treasure across nations.
• There are opportunities all year round to host people who visit the island. If you have never hosted before, why not take the next opportunity to open your home to some ‘treasures.’