Saints and strangers

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.  (Romans 12:13)

Paul makes a turn in Romans 12 to talk about how we should live out the life of worship to which we have been called. And one of the ways Paul notes is that we are to be a people who practice hospitality to strangers and to help out when the needs of our brothers and sisters are known to us.

Hospitality and need-lessening are ways to peace. Paul stresses that the new thing is that God is welcoming (completely, now) both Jews and Gentiles to follow a life of discipleship–inviting the whole world’s population to the new life. And Paul recognizes that there will still be insiders and outsiders: ‘saints’ (who might have need) and ‘strangers’ (who might need hospitality). But we are to welcome and help them whether they are saints or not, whether they are strangers are not.

So, welcome someone today as part of your spiritual journey; contribute to lessen someone’s need. I wonder who God will bring to my attention?