The man sitting on the sidewalk, head low, cup at his feet asking for change. The woman bundled up pushed her cart containing all her life possessions. The family of six stuffed in a one bedroom apartment. Those lined up for their next meal at the shelter. The hitchhiker trying to get home. The person sitting next to you on the bus or subway. The senior living in your neighborhood. The single mom, the single dad. Who is a stranger to you?
“Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.”
Hebrews 13:1-3 NLT
I wonder when the last time you have shown hospitality to a stranger? Taken time away from your busyness and complex life to show genuine interest in what’s going on around you. What would you do today if God put a stranger in your path to talk to, help or care for?
Are you ready to minister to them or do you think it would be something you would walk past? I pray that it isn’t someone you would purposefully walk past, that you would see the person that needs you and needs to know Jesus.
If someone at your workplace was being mistreated would you stand up and say something? Or would you ignore it as something that just happens? Does injustice stir your heart or are you so hard hearted that it doesn’t bother you? We need to stand up for injustice, look after the mistreated and show Gods mercy and grace. Doesn’t mean we don’t do our jobs, but involve God in our decision making would help us make wiser choices.
Know anyone in jail? I have. Don’t forget them like a single sock stuffed in the corner of your sock drawer never to be seen from again. Pray for them. Write them. Love them. Encourage them. Life isn’t over. Jesus wants to have a relationship with them. Give them hope that once their term is over they can start anew.
It is hard to make an impact in our world for Jesus when we focus only on ourselves. Life isn’t centered on us. Life is centered on our relationship with God. When we finally realize this then we can start sharing ourselves with others and start reaching others with the truth.
Father, we live our lives oblivious to those around us. Open our eyes to see the opportunities to share your love. Don’t let us pass them without doing something. Anything. Holy Spirit tug at us so hard that we are moved to do something. They matter to you God, so they will matter to me. No exceptions. Give us many opportunities even today to share your love with those around us. Amen