Each of us has connections. We have golfing partners, former classmates, business associates, and family members. Who among these are the “least” Jesus referred to in His prophetic parable?

Let me illustrate it this way – Have you ever hit your thumb with a hammer? Believe me, it hurts. Not only does your thumb tell you it’s sore, but your whole body reacts. The pain immobilizes your entire hand. You start jumping up and down, you holler at the top of your lungs, and you stick the wounded member in your mouth to ease the pain.

Jesus calls for us to be hospitable to hurting members of His body. The God we serve is a God Who reaches out to the stranger and invites him into His family. We should show hospitality because God first brought us into His family as strangers. If such benevolence was demonstrated before we became members of God’s family, how much greater should we attend to the needs of other saints?

Christian hospitality sometimes involves not sitting with our friends in church, so as to make a struggling new member feel welcome. It may mean being available to direct an overburdened guest with infants to the church nursery. Or you might be given the opportunity to open your home to friends or relatives from out of town.

Do you want rewards to set before your Savior in Heaven? Reach out with hospitality to others who are hurting, and your benevolence will reach up to Heaven.

No man was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
— Calvin Coolidge

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.