LIKE A STRANGER!
“I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35).
One day when Jesus Christ was seated on the white throne, looked at the people on His right side and told them, "I was a stranger and you took me in." They were surprised at this and asked, "...When did we see you a stranger and take you in?" To this, Jesus Christ replied, “And the king will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40).
Every day, you are meeting strangers on the streets, in your work spots and churches. Among them, some may be children of God and some may be angels. At some times it may even be Jesus Christ. “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2).
Once, two persons were sitting outside the church when the worship was going on. One person said, "I have been coming to this church for the past several weeks to become a member. But since I am poor and a stranger, they do not offer me the membership."
The other person said, "When the committee members do not admit a person like me, how will they accept you?" The first man asked, "Your words indicate that you are a great person. Let me know who you are." The other person replied, "I am the person whom these people worship from within the church. I am Jesus Christ. I look a stranger for them."
Dear children of God, if you meet a stranger when you go to church, do not get away from him as a stranger. Speaking to them sweetly may help in gaining them easily for God. There is a custom in churches located in foreign countries. After the service, they will assemble outside the church, happily sing together, shake hands with each other and then take leave. So, even those who come as strangers to the church will return home after the service as members of the heavenly family.
Jesus also walked with the disciples when they went to Emmaus but the disciples took Him to be a stranger. But as Jesus began to speak, their hearts began to burn with flames. When they took Him to their home and broke the bread, “....their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:31). Dear children of God, do you remain as one who sees Jesus as a stranger or as one who sees Him as the soul lover?
To meditate: “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem and have you not known the things which happened there in these days?” (Luke 24:18)