January 31, 2017
“Step out” of Your Comfort Zone
Hebrews 13:2 (KJB) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Being hospitable does not come naturally to all mankind. Some are not comfortable welcoming total strangers, thereby choosing rather to be reserved in times of perhaps divinely encountered fellowship. To some, shyness is a part of their natural born personality, and opportunities for being friendly and speaking or serving strangers is often avoided.
The Bible encourages man to “step out” of his natural comfort zone. It inspires the man and woman of God to be hospitable to strangers as God leads. To interact and fellowship with those who are outside of their normal social crowd. Perhaps God will lead you to speak to someone who may be from a different country, of a different ethnic group, or even from a nearby neighborhood who is not familiar, or incline you to develop a banter with somebody you sit next to on the bus or airplane.
God gives each of us opportunities for witnessing and sharing. God reminds us in this short verse that the stranger sitting beside us on the airplane, standing beside us in a crowd, or in line for the bus beside us is perhaps there because of His divine will.
A chance to be involved in the life of another and serve a greater purpose than ourselves can bring about God’s will is often disguised as an opportunity to simply be hospitable to a stranger. Perhaps he or she is even an angel sent by God.