In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus calls his followers to action through His command to passionately meet the needs of others. In this powerful passage, the Lord comes to judge the nations by separating the sheep (the faithful) from the goats (the faithless).
The faithful respond to the needs of people and are gathered up into glory. The faithless ignore the needs of others and experience some of the strongest language of judgment in the Bible. We live in a world of pressing need.
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, take your inheritance the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat...
Approximately 850 million people across the world are hungry.
...I needed clothes and you clothed me...
Approximately 2.7 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day.
...I was sick, and you looked after me...
1.4 million children every year die from dysentery, which is easily preventable by simple sanitation.
...I was in prison, and you came to visit me.” -Matthew 25:34-36
More than 9.8 million people around the world are in prison, where they struggle with loneliness, rejection, and the cost of their crimes.
God expresses his passion for those in need through the actions of those willing to act in the name of Christ.
How are you going to respond to the needs of the world? Do you feel a special call to care for the hungry, the sick, the poor, or the imprisoned?
Write me and share the needs that you see and know that God wants you to meet.
Mary and Joseph’s obedience changed the world! Will you be obedient to what God has called you to?
It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. Ask God to reveal Himself and His purposes for your life.
Are you facing difficult obstacles in life? Remember John 16:33 Jesus tells us to take heart for He has already overcome the world!
God wants men and women who are bold and unashamed to spread the Gospel. Will you be on mission?
Have you spent time meditating on God’s Word. Listen for the Lord’s voice this week by meditating on Ephesians 3:20
You must ask, seek, and knock to be filled with God’s passionate love for others.
When you’re filled with God’s love you are transformed. God’s desires become your desires.
You can see needs all around you if you just look closely. How are you going to respond to the needs of the world?
We are commanded to love one another just as God loves us. Do you share God’s love for others?
God’s passion for His people can not be extinguished. Do you embody this same passion?
Christ was the ultimate sacrifice for you to know the love of God. Have you acknowledged His love for you?
God’s love is for all! Even the discounted, rejected, and despised. Do you believe in the love God has for you?