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Entertaining Angels in Their Underwear

 
I picked this title for my article because I thought it might actually get you to read it. When my mother was a little girl, she thought that Hebrews 13:2 spoke about us entertaining angels in their underwear. Our family still has a great big laugh every time she tells that story. Hebrews 13:2 actuallysays “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” What does this mean? Sometimes strangers that we invite into our home are actually angels but we are unaware of their true identity. Our Bible story from Genesis 18 is one example. Abraham has three unexpected guests one is the LORD Himself and the other two are angels. This story and the exhortation from Hebrews are meant to heighten the level of hospitality that we show because we might really be entertaining heavenly guests. I find this fascinating, but even more amazing is that Jesus says that everytime we welcome a stranger, clothe a naked person, feed a hungry person, or visit someone in prison we are doing it to Him. Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me.” This is the ultimate encouragement to treat each person we encounter with great love and respect. We must ignore status, wealth, and power when it comes to our treatment of people because how we treat each and everyone is automatically connected to our treatment of Christ. Wow! Let’s be more careful to welcome strangers into our homes and church with open arms because as we welcome them we welcome Christ.
 
Pastor David





Now That’s a Good Question
How Long?
 
“Daddy, how long till we get there?” “Are we there yet?” We are all familiar with those pesky questions. The kids in the back seat are tired of riding down the road and so they ask if we are there- every two minutes. That question is also asked in the Bible on numerous occasions. One of those times is in Psalm 90:13 which says, Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!”  We all get tired of the tribulations and afflictions of life and so we ask God how long it will be until he comes to us in power and removes those afflictions. Verse 10 of the same chapter tells us that, “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” So is it good to ask God how long we have left?   The answer is a resounding YES! Verse 12 of the same chapter says,So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” We gain wisdom by numbering our days. In other words, there is real spiritual benefit in thinking about how long we have left here on earth until we die. Try it! Let’s say that we live until we are eighty. In my case that means that my life is half over. I would have approximately 40 years left. 480 months left. 175,200 days left.  That may seem like a lot of days left, but I can tell you that the same amount of days in the first half have flown by and seem to fly by more quickly all the time. What about you? Do the math. Remember that 80 years is probably a lot longer than most of us will actually live. You and I will die, unless the Lord returns before we do, and God’s Word says that we need to remember that fact. Life is flying by. Young today. Old tomorrow. Vigorous today. Worn out tomorrow. Don’t forget it. Why? Because recognizing that our earthly life is soon coming to an end helps us to focus on what is truly important. Numbering our days helps us to recognize that we do not have endless opportunities. Most people are seeking happiness, but without understanding that they need a happiness that will satisfy not only today, but all the days of their lives and beyond. The Psalmist in chapter 90 verse 14 points us to the fountain of joy at which he plans to drink each day when he says, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” When we get serious about numbering our days we will get serious about pursuing genuine satisfaction and that satisfaction is found in God alone. Do you ask God each of your fleeting days to satisfy you with his steadfast love? Is God the one in whom your rejoicing resides? We have got to get the answer to this question right because if anything else is your joy then it will pass away with you, but not so God. Therefore spend some time today thinking about your death. It will serve to focus your attention on your need to figure out what is truly important and lasting. I believe you will find the answer to be the same as the Psalmist- God! And the only way you can come to God the Father is through his Son- Jesus Christ. So get to work. Start counting. Number your days. It will lead you to the wisdom of God. AMEN! 
Pastor David