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Definitely not! The Lord Jesus taught   Scripture never tells of a person prepar-
        that in a future day He will note, “For I   ing a five-star meal with jaw-dropping
        was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I   beauty for the Lord. Instead, we are told of
        was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a   a woman who gave Him water and some
        stranger, and ye took me in” (Mat 25:35).   people at the cross who wet His lips when
        When questioned how this could happen   He said, “I thirst” (Joh 19:28). Therefore,
        in His absence He explained, “Inasmuch   His interest is not so much in the quantity,
        as ye have done it unto one of the least of   quality or the coordination of foods. What
        these my brethren, ye have done it unto   He desires to find is the excellence of a
        me” (v40). Therefore, to invite the newest,
        weakest and most difficult believers over   heart willing to use whatever one has to
        for a meal or a coffee is an opportunity to   help and bless others.
        do something that will be recognized and   The Prospect of Hospitality
        rewarded by the Lord Himself.         Rewards for Hospitality
        His Excellence                          In the coming Kingdom hospitality
          If our treatment of others is a reflection   will be rewarded. The Lord Jesus said,
        of our treatment of Christ, what kind of   “Whoever gives one of these little ones
        hospitality does He deserve? When the   even a cup of cold water because he is a
        angel of the Lord visited, Manoah wanted   disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no
        to prepare a goat for supper (Jdg 13:15).   means lose his reward” (Mat 10:42 ESV).
        When the same angel appeared in Ophrah,   Therefore, at the Judgment Seat of Christ,
        Gideon prepared a goat and unleavened   all acts of hospitality by believers will
        cakes (6:19). And when he appeared in   be reviewed and every host will receive
        the plains of Mamre, Abraham provided   personal thanks from the Saviour as well
        bread, curds, milk and a calf (Gen 18:5-8).
        But please do not think that just because   as eternal reward.
        the Lord views your hospitality as being   Rejoicing in Hospitality
        toward Himself that therefore we must   The Bible gives us sparse detail about
        only provide super extravagant meals.   our future activities and roles in heaven.
        Yes, He deserves excellence. However, He   However, the Lord Jesus did say to His
        focuses on the smallest things we do for   disciples, “I appoint unto you a kingdom,
        others, not the big showy things. He said,   as my Father hath appointed unto me;
        “Whosoever shall give to drink unto one   That ye may eat and drink at my table
        of these little ones a cup of cold water only   in my kingdom” (Luk 22:29-30). Did our
        in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto   Lord not illustrate the kingdom as a “great
        you, he shall in no wise lose his reward”
        (Mat 10:42). Therefore, any small cup of   supper” (Luk 14:16)? A meal is more than
        water given to a little one (a young child   food, though; it is a time of friendship,
        or disciple) will be appreciated by heaven.   fellowship and communication. What a
          Therefore, excellence in hospitality is   fitting image and description of our future
        not determined by the magnificence of the   when we will eternally sit with our Lord
        meal, but by the motive of the meal maker.   at His table and eat and drink with joy.
        Jesus said, “Ye have done it unto me” (Mat   In the end, our homework is obvious.
        25:40). It brings no surprise, then, that   Class dismissed.

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