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.”
The real meaning of hospitality is to make someone feel that they are at home, even in our presence. It is customary in Indian society to be hospitable to strangers. Abraham’s servant Eliezer used hospitality as a trait for selecting a bride for Isaac. Eliezer prayed that whoever offered him and his camels water to drink would be the bride for Isaac (Gen. 24) and chose Rebekah for displaying that hospitality.
Abraham displayed hospitality to the strangers who arrived at his tent (Gen. 18:1-15). Not knowing that they were angels, he hurriedly ran to Sarah to prepare a calf along with milk and curd for the guests. The angels informed that Sarah would give birth to a son, the very next year. Lot was also hospitable to the two strangers who visited him. He rescued them from the evil men of Sodom and Gomorrah not knowing that they were angels. The angels spared the life of Lot and his daughters (Gen. 19).
Martha and Mary displayed hospitality by inviting Jesus to their home (Luke 10:38). Hospitality is one of the key traits to be observed in a church overseer (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim. 3:2). Even if your house is not the best, you can still have hospitable mentality in giving a cup of water to a stranger in Jesus’ name. 1 Pet. 4:9 says that we have to offer hospitality without grumbling. Receive one another as Christ has received us to His glory (Rom. 15:7).
Are you a hospitable person, my friend? Whatever you do, are you doing it wholeheartedly unto the Lord and not unto men (Col. 3:23)? You will have the reward of inheritance from Jesus for your deeds (Col. 3:24).