Wednesday Word 9.12.2019

Matthew 25:31-40

31When 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.’

Scripture is pretty plain. We were created in the image of God with his own breath to breathe us into life. There are ways that he wants us to live. When we couldn’t seem to get that right, he actually sent his Beloved Son, a part of himself, to come and walk among us to show us how he wants us to live. And when we still didn’t get it, that Beloved Son paid the price of our failures for us. And when we still didn’t grasp what needed to be accomplished, God sent the Holy Spirit to guide and encourage us into the kind of life he meant for us. After all of that, we will stand before God someday. Are you ready to stand behind your behavior? Are you ready to examine your actions and your inaction in front of the Almighty who gives us opportunity after opportunity to follow in his ways? It horrifies me to think of all the chances when I could have, should have, would have. My prayer is that I learn to show the mercy that I will someday be crying out for my own self. My prayer is that I learn to keep aware of “the least of these” and the Savior who stands up for them…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki