“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself.” Leviticus 19:33-34
The proverb, “blood is thicker than water” says that no one is closer than family. Arabs have an even stronger version, “Mother’s milk is stronger than water.” Life is about family.
Life is not about strangers. They are different — far off, perhaps dangerous. They might even feared, and certainly not trusted. Why be concerned for them? These verses tell us the startling reason why. It’s simple. Hospitality to strangers is a part of holiness before God! Do you want to holy? Invite a stranger into your life.
Negatively, God forbids taking advantage of strangers. Positively, He says we are to love them just like family. Incredible! Warmth toward others is part of holiness in God’s eyes. Did you know that?
When I was a student, my family lived far away in distant city. Money was tight. Most often I could not afford to go home for holidays. Try living in an empty dorm at Christmas. You’ll quickly understand what it means to be lonely. Fortunately, wonderful friends opened their homes to me — just as if I was one of their own. They opened their family circle and made a place for me.
So here is a thought for you. Be holy as God is holy this season. O your life to someone else. It can make more of a difference than you might guess.
Father, open my eyes to others. Give me an opportunity to be a friend to someone who needs the warmth of friendship this month. Amen.
Stop and think. Seriously, just do it! Is there someone you know who needs an invitation into your circle this month? Don’t wait. Reach out to them now.