February 13, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek
The sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler. (Job 31:32)
Truth is, we are all sojourners and travelers. The call to hospitality is a central part of our call as believers. Our God is hospitable. He welcomes weary travelers, He calls us into His family, and He creates an eternal home for us. He knows what it feels like to not be welcomed even among His own people: ״He came to his own, but His own did not receive him” (John 1:11).
There isn’t anyone who does not want to feel genuinely welcomed. The welcome we offer is in the Name of our Lord. With the same welcome we have been received, we should welcome. When we arrived at God’s door, we were not in good shape, not presentable, sinful, extremely weary, and without a present for the Host. Just as we were, without one plea but that His blood was shed for us, we came.
We had no bargaining power, nothing to offer but ourselves in need. So we must not offer a kind of snobbish hospitality—full of condescension and judgment— but genuine care and openness. We have something to offer the weary traveler because we have been made rich—not necessarily in this world’s goods, but in love, in forgiveness, in belonging, in spiritual family. In our midst, the Risen Christ promises to be present (Matt. 18:20). In our midst is the raw material of love, peace, and joy that is needed to bring healing, and hope, and wholeness.
Welcome of the stranger (Lev. 19:34) was a Hebraic concept that undergirds the biblical understanding of hospitality. Hospitality is not tribal, it is not clubbish, it is not a clique of similars. Hospitality welcomes those in need, period. That is hard because those in need may not look, sound, or believe like us, and that can make us simultaneously nervous and exasperated.
It is not our job to change people; it is our job to preach the gospel Jesus did and to live it out on the highways and byways of a lost and lonely world. It is our job to welcome people, not even in our own name, but in the name of the Lord. We are just doorkeepers in the house of God!
As we model the kingdom of God, it establishes the order and wholeness that God desires for us all. God’s kingdom is a welcoming kingdom of light and hope. So now, you who are reading this, go welcome someone.
Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email