Matt 25 Jesus has been preparing his disciples to take over the “job” of ministry when the time comes for Him to return home to heaven. Matthew, as a Jew, records the words of Jesus about whom they are to reach. He tells them a story that should challenge all of us just as the story of the Good Samaritan should.
Verses 31 to 40 tell us the things God will show us in eternity about how we shared out of our abundance to the least of those. His illustration reveals that the King will begin the separation of those who were faithful and those who had the means but were not. He reveals that when we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty and cover the needy with places of rest and clothing, we are doing what He would have done while He was here.
Jesus goes on to explain that even though we have not recognized ourselves as having done these things, God has seen our heart and our motives. He ends this parable by saying: “I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.” [Matt 25:40]
As we live and move in our world God brings the needy to our door but what we will do with those may be in need. God in heaven as the mighty righteous king has seen and recorded each step.
Last Sunday our pastor challenged us to step out of our comfort zone and be hospitable. Am I doing this just as Jesus shared?
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