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“…You Did it to Me.”

By Watchman | July 24, 2009

 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘ Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” (Matthew 25:37-40)

“Let brotherly love continue….Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity…”  (Hebrews 13:1,3)

     Last night I got a call from a man in great distress.  Although he knew I would be unable to be of much help (we are in different parts of the country), and we had spoken but rarely as my acquaintance had been with his late wife, he needed someone to listen to the truth of how his life has been spiraling out of control since her death some three months ago.  Hospital bills in excess of $50,000 added to the burden of a lost job and his subsequently being  hired at a little under half his old salary.  He is facing an eviction notice and repossession of his vehicle.  All of this is so overwhelming to a man who so recently lost a loved one, but his most frequently-expressed frustration was the feeling that “no one cares!”   He has fought creditors and collection agencies; explained the situation with the hospital bills not being paid as he was out of work for a while, but “no one cared.”  His bills are now way higher than what he is presently earning, but “no one cares.”  He is losing his home and hasn’t enough to buy food, but “no one cares.”  He is mourning the loss of his wife, but no one cares.  It seemed to me, listening to the flood of horrible things occuring in his life, that it was actually the loneliness and the “alone-ness” that was the biggest problem.

     My question is:  where are the Christians?  I don’t really know if this man is a strong believer, although he allowed me to pray for him, but I know his wife was.  Good Christian people visited her while she was dying and saw her lovingly into Christ’s embrace.  Where are they now when they should be ministering God’s healing love into this man’s heart—and possibly bringing him into God’s kingdom?  My question isn’t only for them:  millions of people are in want, spiritual distress or emotional pain and have no one to help guide them out of the morass of desperation and depression into which they have fallen.  We Christians have fallen too often into the lethargic belief that “God helps those who help themselves.”  Well, He does, but He also helps those who can’t help themselves:  sometimes He intervenes directly into their lives and circumstances, and sometimes He sends you or me.

 

     Jesus said that one of the signs of the end times would be that the “love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12).  Brothers and sisters in Christ, we must make absolutely certain that this verse does not pertain to us!    Our love is to be vital, aggressive and sure.    So many outrageous things are happening  that even Christians are getting more caught up in the worldly problems of the  nations than the spiritual ones.  I see many things right now in the United States that are causing me great alarm, and I admire those who are tirelessly fighting to return this great nation to its Constitutional roots.  However, the spiritual battle we are in the midst of causes me even greater concern, and it is my belief that the fight for liberty in ANY country is doomed if it is not fought with the blessing of the Holy One.  That will only come from a nation that seeks to do the will of the Father.  At any rate, Christians have become so caught up in the political battles of the moment that to some extent they have forgotten their duties as children of God.  While we don’t have to do good deeds in order to earn salvation, we do want to please God simply because we love Him.  One of the ways we can best please Him is to show His love to others–to be active examples of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus never let those He met leave His presence without offering them some sign of His love, and we need to follow in His footsteps in this.  How do we do this?  In His name, and to His glory, we are to feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, clothe the naked, love the unloveable and be a blessing to those who have not yet met their Savior.  We should be doing our utmost to ensure that no one we come into contact with will ever be able to truthfully say, “No one cares.”  Sometimes it will mean giving of our finances or advising those who need help; but sometimes it will simply be giving a listening ear to an unhappy friend, or a hug to someone who is hurting and lonely.  Remember that Jesus said that when you do these things to the least of His brothers you have done them to (and for) Him.

Maranatha!

Topics: A Special Word for Today, Kingdom Living | 1 Comment »

One Response to ““…You Did it to Me.””

  1. Shirley Says:
    September 12th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Oops….I’m letting down on my responsibilties, as a child of God in this area, as well as so many others.

    Again, thank you for pointing us in the right direction.

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