Radical Welcome

Written on 01/28/2022
Christian Dunn

Verse: Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

In the early church, Christians were known for their hospitality. Even in the hardest of times, they would welcome people into their homes and their lives. In fact, part of the reason Christianity spread like wildfire early on was that Christians were so hospitable. 

As a teen or young adult how can you practice the Christian discipline of hospitality? We are all called to be hospitable, so what does that look like for you?

Here's a good place to start: can you invite "strangers" into your "groups" on occasion? We all know those people who just don't get invited into groups, right? What if you sat next to that person at lunch once in a while who no one talks to? What if you invited someone new to hangout with your friends outside of school sometimes? What if you reached out to someone you can tell has been lonely or struggling lately and made them feel welcome?

There are so many ways we can show hospitality. It's about having an open heart and an open life where we are willing to love new people and show them they matter to us and to God. It's one of the most powerful ways to show people God's love. Ask the Lord to begin to open your eyes to the opportunities in your life!

I pray you would help me to see the opportunities to show love to people in my life. Help me to actually see them, and not take them for granted.