3. Let us show Hospitality to Strangers
For by this some have entertained angels without knowing it is not given as the basis or motivation for hospitality. We are not to be hospitable because on some occasion we might find ourselves ministering to angels.
We are to minister out of brotherly love, for the sake of those we help and for God’s glory. The point of the second half of verse 2 is that we can never know how important and far-reaching a simple act of helpfulness may be.
We minister because of need, not because of any consequences we are able to foresee.
Abraham went out of his way to help the three men who were passing by his tent. He did not wait to be asked for help, but volunteered. It was an opportunity more than a duty.
In fact he considered the greater service was to himself, saying
"My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by" — Genesis 18:3
At the time, he had no idea that two of the men were angels and that the third was the Lord Himself (18:1; 19:1).
In a sense, we always minister to the Lord when we are hospitable, especially to fellow believers.
"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me" — Matthew 25:40
To feed the hungry, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the imprisoned in Jesus’ name is to serve Him. To turn our backs on those in need of such things is to turn our backs on Him.
"Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me" — Matthew 25:45