Saturday, September 12, 2015

the least of these

Today's readings: Isaiah 10:1-11:16, 2 Cor 12:11-21, Psalm 56:1-13, Prov 23:6-8

We are admonished in Isaiah 10:3 not to prey on widows and orphans. It's sad that we have to be told that. Especially since we're given a very strong command by Jesus Himself. He said whatever we do to the least of these, we do to Him.

Do you see how this works? God hears the cries of the poor, as we're reminded over and over throughout the Bible. And the cries of widows and orphans reaches Him, and He desires to take care of them. How does He do that? Through me and you.

So that's where our command comes in. Jesus tells us to take care of these people who need help. He hears their cries of pain and sadness and hunger, and He sends us to take care of them.

How can you do that? Well, I'm glad you asked. You can visit people in the hospital. You can drop in to your local nursing home and brighten someone's day. You can go to a local prison and make someone's time less painful. (Sound odd? Don't forget Jesus told us this very thing... "I was in prison, and you visited Me.") You can volunteer at a local foster home and read stories to kids.

Does that seem overwhelming? Well, you don't have to do all of them at once. Just pray, and ask Him to direct you to where you can help. And then when He opens those doors, walk through them. You'll be shocked how much YOU will be enriched and your life will be made full of joy through touching the lives of other people.

God, thanks for Your call, to love Your children with the love You want to give them.

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