- Acts 28:3
Paul, being shipwrecked, washes up on the island of Malta, where he experiences an "unusual kindness."
Luke's word for "native people" is barbaroi, from which we derive our English barbarian.
It's both poetic and ironic; Paul finds himself surrounded by hospitable barbarians. Paul's life was defined by persecution and rejection, often from those closest to him. Yet, he finds kindness on a strange island full of strange people— barbarians.
If barbarians can understand the importance of a warm welcome and warm fire, why can't we?
Too often, we believers are tearing each other apart.
We sit in judgment of the world and each other.
We envy one another's gifts and covet one another's ministry; we utterly fail to love our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Bible is full of lessons.
Even the barbarians in God's Word have lessons to teach us; a warm welcome and a warm fire go a long way.
Your prayer today, "Lord, give me a barbarian spirit, help me be more hospitable."
Paper Sunday is blessed to collaborate with Chris Harper on today's devotional!
Chris Harper is a speaker, writer, and disciple-maker. Chris is President of 252Edu, a consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. Chris serves schools, churches, and non-profits by helping them "grow in wisdom, favor and stature with God and man.”
When not taking ground for King Jesus, you can find Chris on the basketball court playing a pick-up game. Chris is a sneakerhead, an avid reader, and loves a good cheeseburger. You can follow him @252consulting on Instagram.