“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“You Loved Me into the Kingdom”
(Please read Hebrews 13:1-3)
Here’s a true story about a lady in a northeastern state who, although she had little religion in her background, began attending a Church of Christ in her city. Eventually she became a Christian, and she later moved away. When she left, she wrote a warm letter to the congregation, expressing her love and good wishes. And, remembering how the people in that church had treated her and that she had there found the Lord, she wrote gratefully, “You loved me into the kingdom.”
The story didn’t include details about how the congregation showed love to her. But a little thought provides some clues. Just think how you would like to be treated if you showed up at a church as a stranger. Would you want to be greeted as you entered the building? Would you like a bulletin or program to let you know what to expect in the service? Would you want people to introduce themselves and chat with you, without being too pushy? And so on – you get the idea. Such things are acts of hospitality.
These things may sound like group actions, but they’re really done by individuals. And the same sort of thing can be done outside a church setting. You can become acquainted with that stranger to your block or your workplace; you can exercise genuine interest in his or her life; you can provide help in getting settled into the new home or job. And you may even get the chance to talk about the Lord with the newcomer. Maybe, like that northeastern church, you will be entertaining an “angel” without knowing it.