“The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.”
– Genesis 18:1,2
Yesterday, we discussed creating a hospitable place for Jesus in our hearts and lives. Interestingly, in Genesis 18, there’s an account of Abraham doing this very thing, only he had the honor of welcoming the Lord in the flesh. Taking the form of three men, most likely God and two angels, they appeared to him outside his tent in the heat of the day. Once he realized who they were, he ran to them quickly and bowed down low. Although ancient Middle Eastern culture was known to be hospitable, his extremely warm reception indicates that he wanted to go above and beyond to show them his affection. After pleading with them to make themselves at home, he swiftly washed their feet, ran into the tent to ask Sarah to bake some bread, and then killed the fatted calf to feed them. Fascinatingly, these three acts of service parallel a few significant ways in which we can show hospitality to the Holy Spirit — and to others — in our lives today. Just like Abraham washed God’s feet, Jesus washed our feet by becoming a servant to those He created. Therefore, we honor Him by washing the feet of others and making ourselves their servant. And because He is the Bread of Life who supplies our needs and feeds our spirits, we can nourish, provide, and care for people in His Name. In addition, just as Abraham didn’t hold back the fatted calf, our Heavenly Father spared no expense when He gave His only Son to save us. This means we can surrender everything for His sake, knowing that there’s nothing we give up that He will not replace with something greater. He is the God who turns sacrifice into supernatural abundance!
My friend, because the King of Glory has taken up residence in your heart, you have access to an endless supply of exceedingly, abundantly more. Therefore, you can passionately pour yourself out to people with the confident assurance that He will use your sacrifice to nourish and deliver divine gifts to others. He willingly takes what you offer and adds to it a miracle-working power that radically impacts the atmosphere around you. Make Him at home in your life, welcome His supernatural strength, and you will become an unstoppable force for good in the world!
Jesus, I want you to be at home in me, so I offer you everything that I have. Use me to bless and impact others.
How can you serve, sacrifice, and surrender to make a difference for your Savior?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.