This message may sound strange because we are saturated in a culture of me.
“My life revolves around me.“
“I want to do what makes me happy.”
“That’s not fun for me, so I’m not going to do it.”
And while the media and the people around us expect for teenagers to be worried about one thing (ourselves) we must get out of our minds, our comfort zones and our own “needs” and invest and serve in the lives around us that so desperately need some Christ in their lives.
I was just reading in Genesis 18 and in verses 1-8 Abraham serves the 3 visitors (the Lord). Though I’d read this story many times, and have been read to at church, it seems to me that this cool story of hospitality never clicked with me until now.
Genesis 18:1-8 (HSCB) says,
Then the Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre while he was sitting in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. He looked up, and he saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed to the ground. Then he said, “My lord, if I have favor in your sight, please do not go on past your servant. Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree. I will bring a bit of bread so that you may strengthen yourselves. This is why you have passed your servants way. Later, you can continue on.”
“Yes,” they replied, “do as you have said.”
So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Knead three measures of fine flour and make bread.” Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd and got a tender, choice calf. He gave it to a young man who hurried to prepare it. Then Abraham took curds and milk, and the calf that he had prepared, and set them before the men.
He served them as they ate under the tree.
2 Ways In Which Abraham Served:
1. He served quickly and without grumbling.
Notice that he “hurried into the tent” and “ran to the herd”. Also note, this was not a situation in which the men asked to be served in any way. They came, and Abraham immediately knew to ask them to stay. His nature was this: to notice someone in need, and to do what he could to fill those needs.
2. He served well.
He served the Lord in the way that the people of his time best knew how: with food. He fed them. He nourished them, he strengthened them to go about their way. Abraham also served the Lord in the exact way that Jesus later served HIS OWN “guests”: with bread. The passage above says that Sarah made bread for them, and they all broke bread together, in the same way Jesus did with His disciples at the Last Supper in Matthew 26:26-30.
I think that in today’s culture of fast food, busyness, convenience, microwaves and the age of what works for me, me, me, hospitality is needed now more than ever. Let’s (yes, us teens) slow down, take a breath, and eat good food with good company and in a good atmosphere. Let us invite those in need spiritually and physically into our homes and allow them to be replenished.
Remember Matthew 25:32-46? Jesus said whatever you do for your brothers and sisters, you do for Him.
Let us make memories doing what Jesus commanded us to do and make disciples in this life.
~By His Grace,
And God blessed Abraham, too! After they had eaten they told him he and Sarah would finally have their long-awaited son, Isaac! This blessing would’ve come about in a much different way if Abraham had not chosen to lay down his wants and his plans for the day, and eagerly served the Lord! We shouldn’t forget that when we take the time to serve and be hospitable towards others, God often blesses us back.