05/03/23 Hospitality

READING: 2 Kings 1-4

In years past, I’ve often written devotions on today’s reading material with a focus on Elisha, the “holy man of God” (2 Kgs 4:9) who caught the attention of the Shunammite woman. To meet a man who so walks with God that it’s as if God just oozes out of him is unusual, indeed. 

Today, though, I’m halted a bit by the hospitality and generosity of the woman toward Elisha. She convinced her husband to “make a small, walled-in upper room and put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp there for him” – and she continued, “Whenever he comes, he can stay there” (2 Kgs 4:10). They provided for the man of God. 

I am hardly Elisha, but I’ve definitely been the recipient of the hospitality of God’s people. I could tell you story after story of believers who have welcomed me into their homes—sometimes quite sacrificially.  They loved their pastor, and they showed me that love by inviting me into their space. I am a better man because of Christ-followers like these who allowed me to see their Christianity up close.  

PERSONAL REFLECTION: How might you extend hospitality to someone today?    

DAILY PRAYER: “God, thank You for believers who’ve extended hospitality to me through the years.” 


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