Bible Ballistics: BBs #365 And Ye Ministered Unto Me???
“For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me meat:
I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger,
and ye took me in:
and ye clothed me:
I was sick,
and ye visited me:
I was in prison,
and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord,
when saw we thee an hungred,
and fed thee?
and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger,
and took thee in?
and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick,
or in prison,
and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these
ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:35-40
This great passage that Jesus spoke before His passion, has a lot of deep meaning and many want to take it apart and argue about who He is talking about, or who are the “my brethren”, and other such distracting questions. But I’d like us to simply receive what Jesus is saying to HIS disciples—both then and now. If I might be a bit simplistic, I think we need to take Jesus at His word! Jesus is calling us, His children whom He has saved, to act! If you or I see a need and have the resources and ability, then we ought to meet that need. Yet each of us in our uniqueness will often see different things according to our spiritual gifts.
For instance the teacher may see someone’s lack of knowledge or information and step up to instruct. A person with the gift of mercy will often see a need that others do not see—and seeing it they alleviate the lack to the degree that they are able. The person with the gift of giving, will often perceive a need unseen by others, and will set about to relieve the lack. A person who has the gift of encouragement may see someone’s loneliness in sickness or imprisonment in a way that others cannot, and go about to comfort and sustain that person. Someone gifted differently may see the one who is new—the one that no one else notices—and reach out to welcome the stranger.
What Jesus is calling us to do is utilize what we have been given. Just as we talked last time about that “cup of water”, Jesus has never called anyone to give what they don’t have—what they haven’t received from Him. He is calling us to use our gifts, our experiences, and our spiritual insight to minister as we go along, sharing the good news of the Gospel as we go.
Jesus calls us to “Go ye therefore”, literally meaning ‘as you go’, taking the truth of the Gospel, and meeting needs as you see them. Why: Because it is the way of the cross! We are also called to exercise hospitality—a lost art these days—but none-the-less, it’s what our Lord calls us to do.
“Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:
for thereby some have entertained angels
3 Remember them that are in bonds,
as bound with them;
and them which suffer adversity,
as being yourselves also in the body.” Hebrews 13:1-3
So don’t go through each day with your nose buried so deeply in your cell phone, or your mind a million miles away, or discouraged with your own circumstances; instead LOOK UP!!! See where Jesus is leading you today. Watch for that opportunity to minister that HE is giving you. That kind word that some store clerk may need; that door that someone is having difficulty opening; that person ahead of you in the check out that is $5 short; that prisoner that God may lay on your heart. It doesn’t have to be a big thing—most often they are easy-to-miss opportunities—but ask God to help you have HIS vision, and to order your steps into the places where He has placed someone with a need that “You” or “I” can meet.
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
What will you do with your resources—time, energy, money, compassion, enthusiasm, or encouragement, today? The choice is yours, but remember:
“…….For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…..” Luke 12:48b
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28