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Gospel Hospitality

Weekly Devotionals

Gospel Hospitality

Hebrews 13:1-2

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

I just returned back to Seoul from attending class in Los Angeles. A few days before I left Seoul for LA, my initial housing arrangements fell through. I couldn’t find a hotel or air bnb that was close enough for me to use. In a last minute scramble (during which I had one of those ‘God help me out!’ prayers), I was able to get connected to a fellow Jubilee member’s extended family who lived near my school’s campus. I had never met this family, and there was little reason for them to offer my hospitality. I would have been happy with a couch to crash on.

But instead the family rolled out the red-carpet for me. They sent an Uber to fetch me, gave me my own room (which meant someone had to sleep on the floor), and served me a delicious dinner of galbi. In the morning I awoke to a giant pot of kimchi jjigae that was made especially for me. In short, I was totally blown away from the hospitality I received. I continually was expressing thanks to the family and thanks to the Lord for providing above and beyond what I expected. During a walk to class, this verse came to my mind:

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:1-2).”

I’m no angel, but I can tell you that I felt loved by this family as a brother. It didn’t matter that I had no way to reciprocate their hospitality; it was clear that their generosity was a gift that they did not expect to be repaid. The hospitality that was shown to me was, in fact, a very concrete way that this family preached the Gospel to me; unmerited gifts of grace that were lavished on me. As a community of Jesus followers, let’s be marked by the extensive hospitality we show to others; family or not. After all, showing hospitality is a wonderful way to preach the Gospel.