And how they loved Him! And the sad and lonely, and those in prison, the hungry, rejected and mistreated. It broke His great heart when we passed on by on the other side. So great was His love for the hungry, broken and neglected of this world that He made it His guide for choosing those who would inherit eternal life. Matt. 25:34-46 (Please take a moment and re-read this passage if you haven't in a while.)
How we love and care for others is the standard by which we ourselves will be judged, but it is often given short shrift in our everyday lives. It's not a kind deed every now and again. It's a mindset, a way of life declared so by the Master Himself. Nothing rigid and formal and then forgotten, but a heart that always sees the need, and insofar as able, tries to fill it. What a transformation this world would see if just some of those who honor the Savior's Name made it their lifestyle to love and serve to the limit of their ability every need they saw in a fellow human being. It would cause an unbelievable effect in our daily lives, and would be a small step toward behaving as God wants us to. So simple too! Just observing and meeting the needs of others as we have the ability and opportunity.
After reading the above-cited Scripture, how can people in general, let alone professed Christians, sit on bags of money cankering in bank accounts, and let the very real needs of others go unnoticed and unmet? That question will echo down the corridors of time until our Lord calls us home, and real accounts will finally and irrevocably be settled. But then, sadly, it will be way too late.
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