Saturday, November 26, 2011

What are you doing for Jesus today?





Scripture

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
(Matthew 25:40 NASB)

Observation

Jesus was preaching a powerful sermon and it spoke right to the hearts of the religious leaders. These were the ones who thought they had everything right in terms of looking good before God. He shot them down because they had their priorities mixed up. They thought it was all about show and how it looked to the world from the outside. Instead Jesus pointed out that their motives and behavior on a day to day basis were what God would judge. This was completely foreign to their way of thinking.

Application

This week we have celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States. A day of celebration, which is followed by a day called "Black Friday." I have already heard stories of Black Friday -- how people pushed and shoved and came home with bruises because they were caught up in the chaos of shopping. In the midst of our consumer frenzy, I wonder how many of us thought about the "least" that we may have encountered? How many times this week did we minister to Jesus? What about that poor store clerk who had been yelled at umpteen times? What about that store manager who had the line of people angry with them? Jesus said that whatever we did for the least of these, we did for Him. I think that sometimes we forget that Jesus is present in the simple everyday moments of our lives. The question is how are we going to respond? May we consciously take time to realize that we are minister for and to Christ in the everyday moments of our lives. Don't hold out for the big things, but trust Him and serve Him in all things. It's easier said than done, but "What are you going to do for Jesus today?"

Prayer

Lord, may I be faithful in the big things but especially in the little things. May I love You by loving the world around me. Amen.

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