The scripture for today is Hebrews 13:1-2
Hebrews 13:1-2 Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Brotherly love is the outward expression of the presence of God in the heart. Without the expression of the love of God, there is no validation for any claims of His presence. How we treat others demonstrates the quality of our relationship and fellowship with Christ. Jesus says to His sheep, those on His right hand in the judgment, “I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.” Matthew 25:35
It is easy to become so involved in our own things that we do not consider the needs of others. And often, when those needs are presented, we ignore them for the sake of our own convenience. Not only strangers, but our neighbors, brothers, and sisters are ignored and not given the loving care that we could provide. “Our neighbor is anyone in need of friendship and hospitality.” The SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 490
In ancient times there was not a vast system of hotels and motels as we enjoy today. Strangers were particularly vulnerable when traveling and were often at the mercy of a kind soul to take them in and provide shelter and food for them. We may have a better system of public accommodations today, but for the Christian, the underlying principle remains the same. As followers of Christ, we must extend the same love to others that Christ has extended to us.
We must love unconditionally; we must give, expecting nothing in return; we must be His hands, His feet, and express the heart of the Savior. Anyone coming to us in need of that which we could provide should be considered sent by God. It is an opportunity to extend the love of God to another person, or perhaps to even entertain an angel. It makes no difference to us; we are simply the hands and feet of the Master. That which we share is that which He has provided. It is His love, His provision, His kingdom, and we are privileged to extend it to those whom He sends across our path.
God bless you as you continue in His service.