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Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)
TITLE: A Home for a Friend
By L.M. Lee
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We have all read that scripture at one time or another. Many of us have had “divine encounters” where we were able to help a stranger and that lingering thought lurks in the recesses of our hearts…what if that was an angel?
But a few weeks ago I was challenged with a new thought about hospitality. It came to my attention through this passage:
Jesus told him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head." Matthew 8:20
What about Jesus? Do we ever show Him hospitality?
During His earthly ministry Jesus probably owned a home in Capernaum, as best some Biblical scholars can deduce. Why would He suggest He had no home?
We know He spent time at Peter’s home and visited many other homes during His travels. He was known for His acceptance of “hospitable invitations.” He was accused of being a party animal.
Yet one home He always sought out when possible. It was the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. What was it about these three that drew Jesus to Bethany whenever possible?
Could it be the three of them found a way to display hospitality to Jesus and between them meet His needs?
Martha was the servant, always seeing after Jesus’ physical needs. Mary was the worshiper, also seeking to exalt His divinity. And Lazarus, he was probably just a good friend, someone Jesus could relax with, without any agenda. Their home was the place Jesus could find fulfillment.
What about us? We are supposed to be the temple or dwelling place of God. Have we made our hearts a place where Jesus can, “lay His head?”
Jesus needs me to be a servant. He needs me to serve in ministry and my local church body. He also needs me to sit at His feet and worship. He also needs to be my friend. Someone He can relax and enjoy.
…but I need these things more. Will my heart’s home be a place that offers hospitality to the Lord? Entertaining the Lord is certainly more exciting than unknown angels!
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