Wednesday, July 5th
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Field, Missions Pastor
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
I’ve always been fascinated by today’s key verse and have had a few encounters with peculiar individuals where I wondered if they had indeed been an angel. Remember Nicholas Cage in City of Angels?
The reality is every person we meet is a citizen of an eternal destination. The Bible tells us we will all live forever. The destination is the only thing in question. Because of this, every person we meet has far more value and worth than anything else we will encounter in this world.
I want to expand on this idea but will turn it over to the incomparable C.S. Lewis to take it from here…
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Reflection: Decide today to stay present in conversations with the people you meet and allow the Spirit of God to help you encounter them with His love, grace, and truth.