Day Five – Getting Over the Hospitality Jitters

December 21, 2007

Key Verse: “So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.” –Luke 19:6

Read: Luke 19:1-10

Ever wonder how Zacchaeus felt? Sure, he was excited at hosting Jesus. But don’t you think he might have had the hospitality jitters? As he rushed home, can you imagine all the doubts racing through his mind: “Does He know I’ve cheated people? Is the floor swept clean? Do I have food in the house?” When Sarah in Seattle agreed to host a young refugee couple from South Asia, she was nervous about it. They’d never eaten pizza or seen a hamburger.What could she feed them? In the end, Sarah – like Zacchaeus – accepted she simply needed to open her home and not fret about the details. She reflects: “You could think: ‘I can’t cook their food,’ but the real issue is: will I welcome a stranger as my friend?” Zacchaeus reminds us not to sweat the details. For when we take the step of faith and obedience, God provides the grace.

Think About It: Since when has a clean carpet meant more to you than a welcoming smile?