Yes, I meant to say that. In fact, let me ask the question again. Have you fed and clothed the Lord today? Many of you are probably thinking that is impossible to do so considering that man cannot even look upon the face of the Lord because of His glory. You are not the only ones feeling a bit puzzled, however. The people in Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats felt the same way, but Jesus helps us understand how this can be so. Let us take a look at our key text for today coming out of Matthew 25:31-40 (KJV):
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
In this text Jesus explains that when He makes His second coming to earth He will separate those who are His followers — represented by the sheep — from those who are not — represented by the goats. When the Lord calls for His people to come partake of of their rewards in the heavenly kingdom, He recounts — unknown to them — the works of charity they did for Him. Jesus tells His people in the parable, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” As one can only imagine, His followers were shocked. Whereas they had ministered these services to people, they knew they had never literally seen the Lord let alone seen Him hungry, thirsty, without a place to stay, sick, in need of clothes, OR in prison. What Jesus helped His people to understand, however, is that when they did these works for those in need, they did the same for Him.
This text reiterates some of the main points from our previous devotionals: that we are to strive to have the love of the Lord in our hearts. Being the Christian with perfect church attendance and who gives the biggest offering checks is not what impresses God. Although the latter are not bad things, God cares more about us having Jesus’ spirit of compassion to help those in need. And when we do so, we are not only blessing those we are helping but also our Heavenly Father.
Have a blessed day!
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