HERE: Day 39

Matthew 25:31-26:13

I have two grown children who are both out, and on their own. I miss them every day , but am so grateful for the way they seek to honor God with the gifts and abilities He has given them. Sometimes I find myself parenting them, because once a parent, always a parent. I am 50 years old and my mother still parents ME!!!

Let’s say, by way of example, that when Cole was a child, I asked Cole to go and clean his room. A few minutes later, he comes downstairs, and so I ask him if he cleaned his room. He says, “Well, I studied HOW to clean my room; and I memorized what you said! You said, “Clean your room!”; and I made a list of bullet points on what a clean room looks like. I even wrote a study about how to do it and gathered several people and started a small group to talk about it! Aren’t you proud of me?” But honestly, I would have to say, “But Cole, did you do what I asked you to do? Did you clean your room?”

I wonder if God sometimes feels that way about us.

 

I tell you the truth, whatever you have done to the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” We can memorize Scripture, teach it to others, study it until we know it better than anyone, and have small groups every night of the week, but if we are not DOING the Word, it means very little. When was the last time we fed the hungry? Quenched the thirst of the thirsty? Clothed a stranger? Invited the destitute into our home? Visited the sick? Ministered to the prisoner? This can be physically, relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. When? It is not enough to know the needs exists. The day in which we are living in begs us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Not just talk about it, but do something about it.

KINGDOM LIVING IS NOT A MATTER OF TALK BUT OF ACTION

Jesus is teaching His disciples to minister to the “least of these“. But look at what happens soon after: Jesus is in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper (probably considered a “least of these”), and a woman(probably also considered a “least of these”) came with an alabaster jar (probably her dowry…all she had of value), and began to anoint Jesus, pouring it over His head. Now this was very significant. When someone came in a home, the proper anointing was on their feet. And yet, she anointed Jesus on His head. This is what was done to prepare for burial. You see, she knew and she believed.

But what was so profound to me today was this: Jesus instructed the disciples to minister to the “least of these” and yet it was the “least of these” who ministered to Him. 

Could it be that the reason Jesus wants us to minister to the “least of these” is because they are the most grateful, the most open to receive, and the ones who will believe and worship Him to the fullest. They know their state and the greatness of love and forgiveness found in Christ Jesus. And they will boast of Him the most.

Who are you ministering to today? Where can you get involved to put your hands and feet to work in helping another? It is God’s call and our purpose in advancing the Kingdom of God on this earth. Let’s quit talking about it and let’s start doing something about it! Let’s meet the needs of those around us, in our communities. Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who desperately need to see Him!

 

The Lord has called me and chosen me to open a place called “The Deeper House”, a residential house for those struggling with eating disorders, self harm, unplanned pregnancy, former abuse, and some who have been incarcerated and need a place to stay as they get back on their feet. If you would like to be apart of that, please check out our page and find out more about it. We will add to it daily as more and more things develop, but would invite you to prayerfully consider your involvement! We would love to have you join us! It will change our life as you help another change their’s! Click HERE for more info!

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  1. Matthew 26:10-13

    This same account is recorded by all 4 gospel writers. We know from John’s gospel that this woman is Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus. Mark 14:8, Jesus says of the woman, “She did what she could” These 5 words Jesus spoke to Mary speak volumes to me, and I think to all women. Christianity is the only major world religion that values women as daughters of God, worthy co-heirs with men in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew records several stories about women who were devalued and rejected in their culture but elevated to a place of worth by Christ. It’s worth noting that this account in Matthew 26 takes place in the home of Simon the Leper- another social outcast embraced by Christ. Mary gave up this most valuable possession to pour out upon Jesus. I so love Jesus’ response to the disciples in Mark’s account- Mark 14:6, “LEAVE HER ALONE”. I can just picture this scene where Mary took a huge risk to honor Christ and demonstrate her love and devotion to him and the disciples and onlookers are just indignant yet Christ comes to her defense- leave her alone. 2 verses later Mark wrote , “She did what she could”. What’s so wonderful to me about this verse is Jesus received and validated her act. She did what she could and it was good enough. So often I feel like I a giving everything I am to follow Christ and it’s exhausting and I wonder if it’s enough. It is. As women we struggle with feelings of inadequacy but in Christ he sees us and knows that just like Mary, we did what we could.