George H. Guthrie: Nitty-Gritty

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Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Hebrews 13:1-3

“[These verses] demonstrate that true Christian commitment involves living out our commitment to Christ in the nitty-gritty of daily living. Beds and bankrolls cannot be separated from theology. This is where the reality of our relationship with God is manifested. The dusty and crowded sidewalks, the kitchen tables, the lunchrooms and lounges, are the places where we must “confess His name” and “do good and…share with others” (13:15-16) if we are to live authentically as believers. We must work out these principles in daily practice.”

George H. Guthrie in Hebrews (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998) 446.

When I read this, I reflected on how much I miss these places during the COVID-19 crisis: “dusty and crowded sidewalks, the kitchen tables, the lunchrooms, and lounges.”

When the crisis lifts, let’s cherish the moments we get in these places. Let’s not take for granted the gift of community. Let’s live out our generosity in these nitty-gritty areas of life.

Authentic Christianity treats everyone, from friend to foe, as a target for generosity. If you know anyone in need of love, help, or hospitality right now, draw near and aid them right away.