The deepest kind of fellowship is not based on race or family relationship; it is based on the spiritual life we have in Christ. A church fellowship based on anything other than love for Christ and for one another simply will not last. Where there is true Christian love, there will also be hospitality.
This was an important ministry in the early church because persecution drove many believers away from their homes. Many could not afford to stay
in an inn; and since the churches met in homes, it was natural for a visitor to just stay with his host.
Moses records the story of Abraham showing generous hospitality to Jesus Christ and two of His angels. Abraham did not know who they were when he welcomed them; it was only later that he discovered the identities of his illustrious guests. You and I may not entertain angels in a literal sense, but any stranger could turn out to be a messenger of blessing to us. Often we have had guests in our home who have turned out to be messengers of God’s blessings.
The Bible says: “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13, NIV).
For further study: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter 1:7.
Action assignment: Thank God for someone who exhibited Christian love and hospitality to you recently. Show hospitality and brotherly love to a family you know this week.
Warren W. Wiersbe