Matthew 10:40-42 hospitality
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Hospitality is a common theme for Christ. Jesus welcomes many that others don’t and at the same time accepts hospitality from some who others wouldn’t. It seems pretty simple hospitality does and yet it can be very hard. You see often we judge and that judgement gives road blocks and rationalization to our helping or lack thereof. What a powerful reminder here that just a sign of welcoming can bring us closer to God.
A sense of belonging is so important. Our firsts – first day at school, first day on a job, first day at a new church, first meeting with a neighbor in a new place, first lunch, first date, ect… - are all made better when we feel welcomed. It is in that moment we feel like we “belong” that we let our guard down and we welcome those around us. Jesus is expressing this sense to his disciples and in doing so assurance to them that they do belong. That those who welcome them belong. He isn’t saying “no one will be mean.” But he is saying that it doesn’t matter, those who don’t welcome you aren’t important. What matters is that you belong to me.
Let us welcome each other today knowing that we all belong to God. Knowing that it isn’t for us to decide who does and does not belong but is instead our job to welcome all.