Daily Devotion, 09/06/2018, “Precious People”
Hebrews 13:1-3 NLT Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
Much like Paul did in several of his letters, the writer of Hebrews wraps up with a few timely reminders of how we are to live out our faith in the everyday stuff of life. It’s as if the writer is short on time but long on content so they boil the discourse down to a few high impact and very important bullet points. I think the analogy I used in one of the epistles was that it’s kind of like it used to be at our house just before the boys left for school in the morning. “Don’t forget your lunch. Do you have your ID? Where’s that paper I signed yesterday? Pay attention in math. Don’t forget to write down your assignments. Be a leader. Be a friend to the kid with no friends. And don’t forget your lunch, or did I say that already?” It’s kind of like that at the end of several of the New Testament letters.
We used to teach our boys to, “Respect the preciousness of others. Because all people are precious to God, they should be precious to you also.” That thought should shape how we see and therefore treat others. I like how today’s passage goes from loving those we’re closest to anyway to showing hospitality to strangers to remembering those in prison and also those being mistreated. The abused and broken are precious to God. Incarcerated criminals are precious to God. Wondering strangers, we call them “the homeless,” are precious to God. And those we can most easily take for granted, our brothers and sisters in the faith, are precious to God. Therefore, they all should be precious to all of us…precious enough that we love them, pray for them, believe in them and serve them.
Ask God to open your eyes to “the others” in your circle today who need experience a little bit of Him through you. You are loved!