“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28 NASB
A few days ago our country celebrated Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. We have several different traditions for that day but one of my favorite is Southern Hospitality.
Not many people open their doors to strangers, those in need and hungry but it has been my policy since I became an adult.
We have a tablecloth that sits upon our table every Thanksgiving, for anyone dinning with us to write what they are thankful for. Most people celebrate this day with just their family but because we live so far away from all of ours it is extremely rare that they are at our Thanksgiving table. Long story short, my tablecloth is still filled with “thankfulness” from others who have eaten with us over the past twelve years.
I feel as though Christ would have dinned with anyone in need, giving people a glimpse of Southern Hospitality. Say what you will about the south but those southerners, some of my family members included, are so welcoming making people feel a part of their family no matter where they come from.
That’s how I see Jesus.
Because I am so grateful for the unshakable kingdom He has provided for me, I make every effort to bring people into my family. If I see someone in need of a meal I don’t just throw cash at them or grab them a burger and toss it their way. I will invite them to join me while I eat or will sit and visit with them while they eat. With gratitude for Him, I serve.
I chose the New American Standard Bible version of this verse because it asks us to “offer God acceptable service” which would be handing out cash or purchasing a meal. But then it goes a step further and says, “with reverence and awe” meaning be Much Obliged (Southern word for grateful), for what God has provided us, by eating with the person to build a family bound.
Happy “Reverence and Awe” Day!