When we read about the birth of Jesus the focus is usually on Mary & Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, King Herod, and of course Jesus. I want to for just a minute focus on someone that is probably overlooked, the person that offered his barn (or cave) for Mary and Joseph to sleep in that night.
In Luke 2:7 there is hardly even a mention other than Mary wrapped baby Jesus in snugly strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the village inn. Think about it though whoever offered them that humble place to sleep that night was giving what they had and it was impacting the world.
When he offered to let them sleep in that barn he had no idea that his small act would play such a major part in saving ALL of mankind. He had no idea that when he offered what he had to help that man and his pregnant wife he was impacting every nation and every single person throughout time.
My take away is simple:
- Take care of what you have because you never know who you may be asked to entertain there.
- Be willing to give what you have because you never know who you are giving it to.
- Listen for promptings & then follow through because you never know how big of a story those subtle promptings are playing into.
Be ready with what you have been given!
Hebrews 13:2 – Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!