When Mary was ready to give birth in Bethlehem, no room was available in the crowded town of Bethlehem. No one knew that she was carrying the Savior. No one knew their eternity hinged on the child in her womb. Had anyone understood the importance of the baby belonging to Mary and Joseph, they certainly would made room for him. We don’t know the story or the importance of most of the people we encounter today. We don’t know what God is doing in their lives. But we do know that Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:40).
- Matthew 25:31-46
- Watch for the Light, 176-183
- Is your life sheltered so that you rarely or never see those with physical needs in person? Where do you see a real need in the lives of those in your church, your neighborhood, your city, or your world?
- Dorothy Day explained that in the earliest days of the church, it was common for Christians to keep a room prepared for any stranger in need. How can your family be prepared to show hospitality and care to strangers today?
- “It is a good thing to ask honestly what you would do, or have done, when a beggar asked at your house for food. Would you – or did you – give it on old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough?” (180) Have you ever been asked to give to someone in need? Did you give? How did you give?
- What is the difference between giving from a sense of duty and giving with delight? How does each attitude affect the giver? How does each attitude affect the recipient?
Pray today for your home and for our church family, that God make us a compassionate and hospitable people. Pray that you would have eyes to see the need of individuals you encounter on a daily basis, as well as a heart that is generous and prepared to share with those in need.