The once and for all, better sacrifice of the Son, the true Priest of the Melchizedek order, the Priest without beginning or end, our Priest has bought for us a better way of life. The ‘stuff’ of that better life is birth in the evidence of things hoped for, and the substance of things unseen – faith. Yet there are those who would dismiss this ‘stuff’ as a post-Hebrews addition, an addendum of another pin. Hebrews 13:1-6 is for some in the church today a forgotten admonition, an admonition with no visible seam to the letter/sermon of such beauty and mystery – Hebrews. This is why I have chosen to call these verses the misplaced admonitions. A view I don’t hold.

Hebrews 13:1-6 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

The Lord has been ministering to my heart about the power of hospitality to strangers, and the call the Church has to be hospitable and open doored in a world of private, closed doors. The road of hospitality is not always a safe one to travel, there was danger even in the time of the writer of Hebrews, we read latter in 2&3 John that there are warnings for presumptuous visitors. Hospitality is not a blind-faced handout, but rather an open-eyed act of loving kindness with the intent of caring for the true ‘sent ones’ of God.

Are you the kind of person that it would easily be said of, he or she is a lover of strangers? Its interesting that hospitality is even spoken of as a gift, hmmm, like all gifts its not meant to be considered something absent entirely from those who’s lives aren’t naturally inclined and empowered to it.

Brothers and sisters, may the Lord himself cause phileo to continue among us in an unceasing and identifying manner. May the world look upon our communities and say there is a people who are given to inclusion and vulnerability, a people who continually extend their already stretched pockets and say come and share of the goodness God has give to us. A people who not only say be warmed and fed, but give their blankets and bellies over to that end…