AS I read the scripture in 1 peter 4 :7 a sentence jumped out and landed right on my lap. “ Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully.”(msg) I remembered a time in my past when my husband brought home a family who needed food and shelter. It was during thanks giving because they had no where else to go, I remember a scene in a movie- the title doesnt matter because its the same scene in every one , a husband brings an unexpected quest home for dinner and expects the wife to accept and welcome them. Is it unthinking on his part or his unselfish heart that steps out offering them a warm meal and maybe a bed for the night. But the wife feeling inconvenienced or unprepared finds irritation and unkind words is upset with her husband and indifferent to the guest. But ladies in 1 Peter 4 :7 it says “Be quick to offer a meal or bed and do it cheerfully. In Mark 10:45 it tells us how we should behave “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Should we act different?
What is your attitude today? When your husband comes home are you welcoming as it instructs us to be or do we have a fit albeit minor. Showing a side of ourselves we later feel bad about. Let me leave you with this thought- what if that stranger were Jesus? For it also says that even though we don't know it we often encounter angels.
Heavenly Father we humbly come before you today asking forgiveness that if we have the attitude of not wanting to be bothered when we encounter an unexpected guest. Father give us a spirit of love as we invite and share if not a warm bed and home we can enjoy a meal with someone in need. Let our hearts and arms be open when you send someone our way to be comforted and encouraged Father we are here to serve and not be served. Let us remember the example that Jesus gave while he was here. And help us to follow it when we are weary and weak ourselves. Thank you father for one more day as we work each day to bring you Glory until the day we are once again rejoined in your presence. We ask these things in Your son Jesus' great name , amen.