Welcoming Others

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

Seeing the Good in Others

Key Bible Verse: Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 15:1-7

We we [meet] others, we are to greet them with familial warmth. Since we have been invited, welcomed, and greeted by the Lord, we have the opportunity to reciprocate. By welcoming the least, we welcome Jesus (Mark 9:37).

There are, however, only so many people we could greet. Even in a small church, there are too many people to greet personally. We don’t aim to become serial greeters who offer a brief and boisterous “Good morning” then move to the next person and offer the same greeting.

Consider whom you are greeting. They are children of the King, your brothers and sisters. Some might feel lost, which is all the more reason to greet them. Others might be seeking something but are unsure what that is, and we have the privilege to invite them to a place that could be home. Others we have seen before, but we don’t yet know their names.

And if we feel a little awkward? All the better. Some people are naturals at moving toward others, greeting them and striking up a conversation. Most of us are not. So we pray that we will share in this feature of God’s character. We move toward others, not because we can do these things with ease but because of Jesus.


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