“For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Insight The dream that had been placed on Paul’s heart was Rome and he finally arrived. As he was there, he welcomed all who visited him. This is a simple but profound moment. We can assume that Paul had the gift of hospitality in order to welcome all who visited him.
During this time in Rome, the area was full of different races, religions, and political ideas. We can say for certain that he had people come to him that disagreed in many different ways, but he welcomed them all.
The more I think about it, Rome doesn’t seem a whole lot different than the world we live in today. How can you show the hospitality that Paul did with those that think differently than you do? Do they see the love of Jesus in you even if there thinking might be different?
Prayer Lord, help us to be hospitable people. We live in a world that is full or resources, agendas, ideas, and different ways of thinking. Arguing and division will not make a difference in this world. But, love and hospitality changes everything. Jesus, give us the grace that you have given us to see each individual the way that you see us. Amen