Welcome The Interruption



And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,“Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

– Luke 19:5

Text: Luke 19:1-10, Genesis 18:1-10, Genesis 19:1-11

Day 10- Just from the title, I can tell that todays lesson will be a challenge!

The author points out that we are a culture that has put in place nearly impossible standards for our hosts and ourselves. Birthday parties must be perfect, even dinners need to be Instagram-ready.

What we’ve lost in the perfection is the comfort and companionship that comes with being with another person in their mess. It’s time we make relationships more of a priority than the homes they take place in.

Guests are revered in the Bible. We see in today’s text ,Genesis 19, that Lot attempts to protect his angelic guests by welcoming them at any cost.

In Luke 19, we see Zacchaeus, amid all his flaws, as the perfect host. No excuses, no rushing ahead to clean, no rescheduling. He climbed down and took Jesus to his home.

Todays lesson can be summed up by simply saying, “Hospitality is rarely convenient. We must be willing to interrupt the lives of others and be interrupted in our own to truly experience hospitality as Jesus practiced.”

Jesus boldly asked to be Zacchaeus’ guest, regardless of what others would think about Him. He knew the message this would convey to Zacchaeus – “I care about you, I want to spend time with you.” How often do we do this with our friends? Someone in your life may need you to push the boundary before they let you into their home.

Jesus and Zacchaeus exemplify hospitality -bold asking, and enthused acceptance. As we look at our relationships with others, let us ask ourselves, where can we step into one of these roles – asking or accepting- and allow others to see our mess? Where can we take part in another’s real life? What are we missing out on if we are not willing to do so?

Embrace the Family of Strangers



Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you.
– 3 John 1:5 NIV

Text: 3 John 1:1-15, Romans 12:3-8, Romans 16:1-16

Today, day 9 of the She Reads Truth study, we learn that hospitality can be uncomfortable.

Remember in Psalm 68:6, David praises the Lord because He “sets the solitary in families.” God gives us so many ways to reach out to the solitary and truly, the heart of hospitality lies in finding people on the margins and bringing them in.

The first step to hospitality is obedience: bringing people in. This obedience helps us form soup kitchens, care for widows, help orphans, and invite people into our homes. But this is only the first step. Once we have invited people in, we are called to love them.

The author of today’s study points out Zephaniah 3 where we read:
“He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
– Zephaniah 3:17

Our heavenly Father rejoices over us with singing! Because we are called to imitate Christ, we can’t stop at going through the motions and serving folks soup once a year. We are called to rejoice over others with singing; to love them.

This is perhaps the hardest part of hospitality. It is quite possible to go through all the motions, and stop short of loving people and rejoicing over them.

Pray with me today that God would not only teach us hospitality, but teach us to take that next step and truly love.

Move from Hostility to Hospitality


Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
– Matthew 25:40, ESV

Text: Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-46

While entertaining focuses on having a beautiful table decor or preparing gourmet food, biblical hospitality is a demonstration of love… a lifestyle of generosity. Cultivating that lifestyle ignores perfection and entertaining.
Our focus should not be on the perfect meal or presentation, but on letting others see a glimpse of Christ in our hearts.

So, You know how to set a proper table, how to make centerpieces, and to chew with your mouth closed… Scripture is calling you far from proper manners social graces and into the depths of another person’s difficulty.
As the author of today’s devotion states, ” In Matthew 25, we are told that when we love and serve the widows, the orphans, the poor and hurting, we are loving and serving Jesus Himself. On the flipside, when we forget or ignore those in need, we are forgetting and ignoring Christ. We need to open our eyes to the ways we’ve slighted those in need.

It is a hard road to love people in the middle of their difficult circumstances and heartache. But friends, let’s remember this: When we reach out and create a place to love, we are living the Gospel. We are seeking out those who are far off, those who are broken and alienated. We are finding a way to bring them into the fold and lavish them with love, mirroring the way God made a way for us when we had nothing to offer Him.”