This is the revelation that is shaping my life today – is rich full life very different from the way I often shape mine?!
Hebrews 13:1-3,16 TPT
 No matter what, make room in your heart to love every believer.  And show hospitality to strangers, for they may be angels from God showing up as your guests.  Identify with those who are in prison as though you were there suffering with them, and those who are mistreated as if you could feel their pain.  We will show mercy to the poor and not miss an opportunity to do acts of kindness for others, for these are the true sacrifices that delight God’s heart.
Here is life in the Kingdom of God, here is the life God intends. A life that is not focused on self but others. This is not His demands upon me but rather this is His gift to me. This is life, big, bold, beautiful life. This is the life that flows as I enjoy His presence. This is what flows from me as I live intimately with God and His image is restored in me. This is not hard work demanded of me, this is the life the true me lives.
It’s a life of love and hospitality. And not just towards those who are easy to focus my attention on, but includes strangers. It has become increasingly difficult in our culture to express kindness and hospitality to strangers, it is difficult enough to neighbours. We are increasingly becoming a society of isolation and separation from others. I desire to break the cultural separation and express the life of God. It’s about room and eyes. I must make room in my life to love richly and have eyes to see strangers to whom I can express hospitality.
It’s about identifying not judgement. Judgement creates distance, it removes me from any responsibility for engagement and enables my life to remain unaffected and removed from others. When I identify with the situation that others have themselves in then I become close, I feel, I see them as people and not mistakes. My lens, my language, my mindset changes. Mercy takes the place of judgement, and I look to respond not point my finger. This sounds dangerous, and outside the presence of God enabling me I think this could carry danger for me. But He goes with me into these places of mercy, of feeling, of acts of kindness. Hebrews 13:6 “So we can say with great confidence: “I know the Lord is for me and I will never be afraid of what people may do to me!”
These sacrifices delight Gods heart, they do not move Him to love me, He can’t stop doing that, or accept me, that is accomplished in what Jesus has done. These delight God because they are expressions of the true me. This is humanity restored. This is who we all are, we have just lost ourselves in false selves shaped by the systems of the world. I will increasingly grow in living my life for others, seeing others, really seeing them. I will move deliberately into a place where I identify and not judge, where I love and extend hospitality, where I look to be kind. Give me eyes to see strangers and a lens to identify with others, and a mindset of love, mercy and kindness.
Thank you for this big life you invite me into and equip me with your presence to walk in. Thank you that you look to restore the true me and invite me to live in his brilliance. Thank you that you do not make demands of this life as a trade for your acceptance but rather this is the life you delight to gift me into. You always look to release the blessing of life upon me. I am blessed! I live blessed in you and your ways!
How much have I allowed the life of the culture to reduce me from engaging with others, especially those who are strangers to me and my way of life?
How much do I judge and separate myself, as oppose to identify and love others?