Thought for the Day #336
YOU HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME
†35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
The children of God are the most giving and loving people on the face of the earth. In such times as these, our hearts go out to those who are suffering. Sometimes we wonder if it is really worth the effort; or do those who are being helped appreciate it.
We know in our heart that we are doing that which is right. Actually, it is part of our very nature. Itís difficult for us to look at those in trouble and not rush to their aid, especially our brothers in Christ.
You see, God has written His law upon our hearts. We automatically know that doing good unto others will bring reward in its own time.
The wonderful part about this law of benevolence that God has planted within the fiber of our being, is that when we minister unto others and sustain them in their need, we are doing that unto our precious Lord, as well.†
Jesus paid a tremendous price that we might have everlasting life. He has done everything for us. His provision is endless. His righteousness is our glory. We owe Him more than we can never repay. Ministering to others is a wonderful to bless Him.
Let your heart rejoice and your spirit be uplifted. As you minister to His people around you. You are ministering unto him. You are setting the example of his love and compassion. The expenditure of your resources brings glory to Him. You have become a blessing unto the Lord, as well as unto his children.
Rejoice and be glad. God will multiply your blessing and restore what youíve given to others, many fold. You are laying up a reward in the storehouse of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for giving me enough that I might be able to share with others. Help me to be generous and gracious to those less fortunate than me. I want to be a blessing in their time of need. It is a privilege to serve your people and I find great pleasure in the knowledge that I am also serving you. Use me for your Glory. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer.† Amen.