Multi-cultural Ministry Devotional- Day 1

Loving the Stranger

When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.  You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you
as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt:  I am the Lord your God.
(Leviticus 19:33-34)

Not only were the Old Testament people of God to love the stranger, the high standard for measuring that love was this:  love the
stranger as yourself.

The motivation was because they had been strangers in Egypt.  While they were still strangers, God had delivered them from bondage
in Egypt and would deliver them into the Promised Land.  Once in the Promised Land, they were to treat strangers like the native born.

What about the N.T. Church?  While we have not been delivered from Egypt like Israel was, yet we, too, were once strangers:

Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the
covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
(Ephesians 2:12)

But now, through the blood of Jesus Christ, we who were once strangers have been made family.  God has shown us his hospitality,
welcoming us into his household.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
(Ephesians 2:19)
 

Those from different cultures may be strangers to you.  Remember what it feels like to be a stranger and remember God’s welcoming grace
to you.  As God loved you, so love the stranger among you.