“7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles,
and sing praises to your name”;
10 and again he says,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;
11 and again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him”;
12 and again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” NRSV
Here, Paul makes clear that “welcome” is a form of glorifying God. Jews are to welcome Gentiles, Gentiles are to welcome Jews, the rich are to welcome the poor, the poor are to welcome the rich. The point is, whenever we welcome another as Christ has welcomed us, we are glorifying God. That suggests to me we should be lavish with our welcome of all so as to glorify God all the more! My hunch is, being generous with our welcome of all would open the floodgates of God’s blessing all the more.
Be a welcoming blessing to someone today!