The churches of Asia greet you. Aquilla and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. (1 Corinthians 16:19-20 NASB)
I saw on TV where a female bulldog gave birth to a litter of 21 puppies. The dog's owner stayed up all night greeting each new arrival. When the interviewed he said, "They just kept popping out." What a fascinating remark!
This incident reminds me of the different types of official greeters we have in today's culture. There are doctors, nurses, farmers, and vetenarians who are official greeters for newborn babies and animals. We have heads of state who act as official greeters for foreign dignitaries. The President traveled recently to greet our military personnel fighting on foreign soil. The official greeting by ;a soldier is a slute.
Most churches have official greeters at the door to welcome people with a smile, a handshake, and words of welcome. At one large mega church, official greeters are stationed at every door. After the service, a special place was set aside for the pastor to meet new people.
The Lord wants each one of us to be an official greeter. It is our task to greet people and instroduce them to the Lord Jesus Christ. How are you doing as an official greeter?