Here is a question to consider: What would you do, how would you act, and what would you say if you knew that a phone call, a prospective franchisee, a guest in our restaurant, a person at our door, a new person in church, or someone you bump into on the street….was an Angel?
We know that Angels are all around us, we just don’t know Who they are. We know they can take on an image of a normal person, so it is highly possible that some of our interactions are with Angels, we are just unaware of it.
Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
If we knew that some of the people we bump shoulders with were Angels I think we would respond in at least three ways:
First, I think we would have a heightened sense of awareness. This Scripture says, “Do not forget to show…” In other words, be on the lookout, be aware, and act accordingly. The simple act of awareness creates a different relational response to people we otherwise might just pass by or discount.
Second we would have an increased sense of graciousness and sensitivity. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Don’t just “do” something like it was a singular task and check it off, but practice hospitality. Because to most of us it is not natural, we need to practice it repeatedly.
Finally, I think we would be very inquisitive and interested in the wellbeing of the person. Acts 28:7 reminds us: “There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us [Paul and a few others] to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days.” You can only imagine the conversations in three days’ time. Who are you? What are you doing? How can I help you? Just three of many questions as a result of being sincerely interested in someone.
So, to conclude: What would you do, how would you act, and what would you say if you knew that a phone call, a prospective franchisee, a guest in our restaurant, a person at our door, a new person in church, or someone you bump into on the street….was an Angel?
Let’s all show Godly Hospitality to those we encounter on a daily basis.