This letter made me think about the importance of true Christian hospitality – taking care of brothers and sisters in Christ who are doing the work of the gospel. (This is the opposite of what we discussed yesterday.) “For they have gone out for the sake of the name …”
If we don’t take care of people like this, who will? And if we don’t help them, are we missing an opportunity to participate in the work of the gospel?
As a church, we support missionaries who are taking the good news of Jesus to hard-to-reach places. This is a form of hospitality – in a distant kind of way. But it ought not to be discounted.
One of our missionaries is in an unnamed place where the gospel essentially is forbidden. We ought not to talk freely about it for the protection of our missionary and the people who are hearing the gospel there.
Some of our other missionaries are in Europe, where the gospel has been all but forgotten. And some of our missionaries are working on a college campus in America, where the good news has an uphill climb amid all the untruths that are shared in places like that.
“For they have gone out for the sake of the name … Therefore we ought to support people like these.”
In our culture, hospitality might not always mean taking these folks into our homes. It may simply mean sending them financial support so they can continue doing the work where they live. And it certainly means praying for them to have the energy and enthusiasm they need for the work.
Please consider this today.