Read: Genesis 18
Some people are great hosts in organising events and parties for their guests. They would care about every minute details of their guests specifically knowing their likes and dislikes. The Bible gives great emphasis to entertaining guests especially strangers. Heb. 13:2 says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Abraham invited 3 men whom he saw standing near his tent. He washed their feet, asked Sarah to prepare cakes, and chose a tender and good calf and prepared it and served it along with milk and butter (Gen. 18:6-8). Abraham didn’t know that they were angels. After the meal and rest, the angel said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son” (Gen. 18:10). What they said eventually came true and Sarah bore her son Isaac, though she was advanced in her age.
When Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary, Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. Her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He had to say. Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (Luke 10:38-42). Martha found serving a bit burdensome, without her sister Mary’s help.
An ideal biblical woman entertains the poor and the needy. “She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy” (Prov. 31:20). Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matt. 25:40). If we have entertained a stranger, clothed the naked or visited a person in prison, we have done it for Jesus. “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24). Are we finding it burdensome to entertain guests?