To whom much is given much is required. (luke 12:48)
When I start to think 'oh poor me' besides wanting to slap MYSELF in the face I am often reminded of true need. God has been blowing my socks off lately. In lots of ways, it's amazing the things that happen when I actually seek Him, read my bible, and live out His Word. How about that?
It's getting colder. It soon will be cold in the D. What does that make you think of? It makes me think of those who will be sleeping under viadocks, sleeping in doorways. It reminds me of how much I love and how absolutely stupid it is that I wanted to redo my bathroom because I needed a new vanity. I guess I was singing the 'meme' song.
http://www.seasonsofgrace.blogspot.com/ needs shoes for the people that she works for, with, I'm not sure how you say it, her patients, the people God has entrusted her with - THEY NEED SHOES!
Now, as a Christian, I don't know how you can see the need for things, and not do something. I think of the song 'everything' by lifehouse and one specific line that says 'How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?' I feel like most days my heart is being pulled in a million directions. They need shoes. Do you have a pair to spare? Can you give?
Are you saying to yourself 'I only have one to spare'? Well, let me tell you, you'd be making a difference to someone. Someone who needs your help. Someone who is sick. Someone who needs your help.
I'm going to go, on my next payday, and find some boots or tennis shoes or something, and make a difference in addition to cleaning out my closet. I know we have at least 3 pairs of shoes to spare.
I'm praying for shoes. I know that if I knock, God will answer. He is a God of provision. He is a God of Love. He created those in need, in His image. The beauty of God is in their faces, in their eyes.
Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Jesus Himself.
31 “When 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.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his 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 did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”