Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Welcoming Others

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)

It is fascinating how we emphasize certain commands in Scripture while overlooking others. We all do it. It is part of being human. We judge some commands as more important than others. We may downplay the commands we struggle to keep while highlighting the ones we do keep. We often focus on the ones that whatever political group we belong to deems to be essential. We have our favorite parts of Scripture, and some commands may go unnoticed. Thankfully, we are saved by grace, but even so, we should pay attention to the commands we overlook and try to understand why as we seek to do a better job of following them.

Romans 15:7 is one such command. I suppose it gets overlooked by some because, at first glance, it doesn’t seem very important. Welcoming may be relegated to a simple greeting. Others may neglect it because it is at the end of Romans and not in one of the more frequently read chapters. Whatever it may be, this is a rich command that deserves our attention. It is a call to be like Christ.

Who does Jesus welcome? Jesus welcomes prostitutes and tax collectors to dine at his table. Jesus welcomes the hungry and feeds them. Jesus welcomes the sick and heals them. Jesus welcomes the spiritually bankrupt and gives them living words. Jesus welcomes us as we are. We are sinners in need of God’s grace.

We can change the lives of people around us just by welcoming them as Jesus did. We should be ready with food, a listening ear, healing words, a place at our table, and grace for those who are in need. They are all around us. All we have to do is follow Jesus and learn to be people who welcome others.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matt. 25:35)

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