Psalm 25:3, Psalm 28:6-9, Jonah 3:1-10, Luke 19:1-10, Acts 9:17-31, 1 Peter 2:9
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:10
Showing hospitality toward someone who has been labeled a “lost cause” involves great risk. Welcoming someone who has been deemed by others as an “outcast” involves sacrifice on our part. Jesus was a guest in the house of Zacchaeus, a man others had labeled a “sinner.” God called Jonah to share the message of salvation to the Ninevites, a people who were hated by others. Jonah himself did not want the Ninevites to be saved. Before meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus Paul was seen as a “lost cause” by Christians. He was the greatest persecutor of Christians. His only goal was to rid the world of those who claimed to follow Jesus. But, God can, and does, save those who are labeled a “lost cause” or an “outcast.’
Ultimately, this is the story of every follower of Jesus. Ultimately, this is your story too. Because we were born into sin, we were born separated from God. Like Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, we were cast out of God’s present. If it weren’t for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ all of us would still be a “lost cause.”
Though there is risk and sacrifice with welcoming the “lost cause” and “outcast” there is also much joy. The joy of seeing someone saved by the grace of God and follow Him far outweighs any risk or sacrifice that might come with welcoming them and showing them biblical hospitality.
Do you know someone labeled a “lost cause” or “outcast”? Maybe it’s someone you’ve prayed for many times and they have not yet trusted Christ for salvation. Maybe it’s a family member or friend. Pray for them today. Recommit yourself to loving them and showing them biblical hospitality.
Praise God for welcoming you to the table. Thank Him for His sacrifice on the cross.
Ask the Spirit to lead you to have a heart for biblical hospitality to all of the people around you.