Before I’m a writer, before I’m a sister, a daughter, a mother, a wife… I am first and foremost a Christ-bearer, and if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are a Christ-bearer, too. Galatians 2:20 says Christ lives in me. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
Did you read that? Did your spirit jump with excitement? The Spirit of God dwells in you. Your body, your physical body, hosts the presence of God.
Now that I’ve given you a moment to process that bit of information let me ask you this, how hospitable are you toward the presence of God in you?
In Genesis 18, Abraham is visited by three strangers. I have no doubt Abraham knew he hosted the Lord, because it had not been the first time God had appeared to him and Abraham had a calf prepared. If you glance at Leviticus 4 and 9:2 you’ll see that calves were used as sin offerings. We also see Abraham standing near, beneath a tree, while the strangers ate curds, milk and a prepared calf. He waited to see to their needs. He hosted them with hospitality.
Sarah, not so much. She hid behind the flap of the tent, which was customary as women did not typically dine with the men, but she was eavesdropping, which I imagine was not customary for the woman of the household as she would have been ensuring all was in order to keep the hospitality flowing, especially knowing the Lord dined at their table.
I don’t believe there is anything wrong with her wanting to hear what God had to say. In fact, it is clear the words were directly for her, not Abraham. However, in verse 12 ‘Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’
Her response wasn’t so much in disbelief that she could become pregnant in her old age, but in that now, after all these years of longing and waiting, when she was worn and tired, would have the pleasure.
Abraham was quick and eager to share his hospitality. Sarah, on the other hand, was quick to mock the Lord. It’s funny, perhaps Abraham had the calf prepared as an offering to the Lord because he knew of Sarah’s bitterness. Perhaps, that is why the Lord did nothing more than call her out for her lying tongue after she denied her laughter.
I suppose you are wondering at the purpose of this post. Abraham and Sarah both knew who they were hosting. Abraham sought to honor the Lord, to glorify Him. Sarah did not. Instead, she harbored bitterness for her bareness and mocked the Lord. Shocking, yes?
Is it any more shocking than what many of us do day to day? I know I long to glorify the Lord in every aspect of my life, it’s my heart’s cry. In everything I do, in every conversation I have, in every word I write, in every word I read, in every encounter I have with another human, I want to glorify the Lord. However, I know I fall short. There are moments when thoughts come to my mind that should not. There are times when I want to scream ‘idiot’ to person driving the blue SUV, the one who cut me off and nearly made me ram their bumper. Yet, I know that word, neither builds nor edifies anything in the kingdom of heaven.
I don’t want to offend or point fingers, Lord knows I’m not perfect, but I see Christ-bearers posting all sorts of stuff on face book that shouldn’t be. Things that call out and tempt the sinful nature of others, and well, obviously if Christ-bearers are posting then they are being caught in the temptation as well. And let’s be honest, if I’m fully aware that Jesus is standing next to me, I wouldn’t speak anything less than what I believed He was worthy of hearing. I wouldn’t read fiction that drew out my lustful nature. I wouldn’t gossip, I wouldn’t belittle another, right?
Do you get what I’m saying? Christ isn’t standing beside you. He’s inside you. He’s in you!!! You host HIM!
So, my question to you is, are you a Sarah-type of a host or an Abraham host?
He Was Hers to Command
Swept away from her home and into the desert, Abigail is as much a prisoner as she is a princess. A ruthlessly ambitious captain of the palace guard intends to force her into marriage and rule Judah through her. Yet the badly beaten soldier Abigail rescues offers another choice—if she dares trust him.
She is royalty, yet Jesse is surprised by the gentle compassion Abigail shows him as he heals. In return, he will help her escape to Jerusalem, protecting her life with his own. But Abigail’s rank and Jesse’s deadly past makes any future impossible, unless forgiveness forged by love can triumph over all.
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Born and raised in Kansas, where she currently lives with her husband and children, Christina loves to read stories with happily ever afters, research, take photos, knit scarves, dig into her ancestry, fish, visit the ocean, write stories with happily ever afters and talk about her family and Jesus. Her debut novel, The Guardian’s Promise, released from Love Inspired March 2014. Her second novel, The Warrior's Vow releases July 1, 1015.