Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Romans 15-16.
“May the God of entrance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father four Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7, ESV
Think about how you greet someone that you view as a visitor and how you view someone as a guest. You would treat a guest different than a visitor wouldn’t you?
Imagine with me that my family and I invited you over to our home tonight. You are excited for a night of fellowship and friendship. Imagine you are treated as a visitor. You stand at the front door and knock and ring the doorbell in the cold rain for about five minutes, our smelly and very mangy dog knocks you down and chews up your shoe, we don’t look excited that you’re in our home, we feed you cold soup and lukewarm water, and don’t say much.
Jesus has welcomed us with open arms. How do you welcome others?
Now imagine with me that I treated you as our welcomed guest. Your experience would be completely different. We wouldn’t make you wait in the cold rain. We would be excited that you are in our home. We would invite you to sit down and stay a while. We would be ready for conversation and good food.
Paul ends his letter to the Romans by giving some examples of actions and attitudes that our salvation in Jesus produces. One of them is an attitude of hospitality and a welcoming spirit. We are to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
- What attitude do you have towards the people already in your home on a regular basis (family, friends)?
- How can you grow in having a welcoming spirit to those around you at work, church, your community, and in your home?
- Thank the Lord for welcoming you into the family of God through salvation in Jesus.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Acts 20-21.