Changing My Focus – Advent 2012 – Day 8

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Advent 2012

Rediscovering the Christmas Season – Day 8

The Least of These – Matthew 25:31-46

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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 took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited 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 take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’

40 “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

41 Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!

42 For I was hungry
and you gave Me nothing to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger
and you didn’t take Me in;
I was naked
and you didn’t clothe Me,
sick and in prison
and you didn’t take care of Me.’

44 “Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’

45 “Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


This passage speaks for itself.  The lesson is so important that I just wanted to post the entire thing.  There isn’t a whole lot that I need to say, so my take away today was short and sweet.

These words from the mouth of Jesus should make me think twice about how I treat those around me, especially the less fortunate and those who are hurting.  I have seen so many people in my life who call themselves Christians, go to church, and read their Bibles, yet they have zero compassion for the hurting or those in need.

I don’t understand that.

I guess that is the difference between having religion and having a relationship with Jesus and letting Him actually change your heart.

I’ve recently come into contact with someone who has deep needs.  I don’t know the extent, but I know they and their family are struggling.  I want to be open to helping them any way I can, and am praying that God will grant me wisdom in what to do to meet some of their needs, and also grant me the ability to do so.

Will you see Jesus when you look at those in need around you his Christmas?  How would that change your response to them?

I’m linking up with Thorns and Gold to share Advent/Christmas posts this month. 

Also linking with:
New Equus • Found the Marbles • Jenni Mullinix • Intentional.Me • Our Simple Country Life • Walk in His Grace • Lost in the PrairiesYour Thriving Family • Christian Mommy Blogger• Raising Mighty Arrows • A Holy Experience • Graceful • lowercase letters • The Better Mom • The Wellspring •What Joy Is Mine • Covered In Grace • Finding Heaven • Rachel Wojnarowski • Gracelaced • The Mom Initiative • Heavenly Homemakers

 

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