Week 36   Day 4



            how do you feel about the following people 

                        the hungry 

                        the thirsty 

                        the stranger 

                        the naked 

                        the sick 

                        the imprisoned 


            we see and hear about them on the news 

                        they are so many 

                        their problems so great 

                        they seem so far away 

                        they evoke short-lived emotions 

                        they are reported on like a mass of statistics 

                        they cannot repay what you give them 


            have you met them or known them personally 

                        the person who receives from the food bank 

                        the person so thirsty for meaning in their life 

                        the person whom no one ever calls by name 

                        the person so sick there is a stench 

                        the person whose every defense has been stripped away 

                        the person who feels the world has forgotten them 


            Jesus says 

                        that whenever we have seen these people 

                        we have seen him 


                        that whenever we minister to these people 

                        we have ministered to him


            God help us to love people

                        in the way in which

                        they need to be loved   






                             READINESS AND REWARD

  Judgment day is characterized by a door no longer open.

                                             Matthew 25


    1"The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who

took lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  2Five were wise,

and five were foolish.  3Those who were foolish took their lamps

and took no oil with them, 4but the wise took oil in their vessels

with their lamps.  5While the bridegroom delayed, they all slept. 

    6"At midnight a cry was heard:  'The bridegroom is coming: 

go out to meet him!'  7The virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 

8The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our

lamps are going out.'  9But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest

there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those

who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 

    10"While they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those

who were ready went in with him; and the door was shut.

11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord,
open to us!'   12But he answered, 'Assuredly, I say, I do
know you.'  13Watch therefore, for you know neither the
nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

    31"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, 32then all the

nations will be gathered before Him.  He will separate them one
from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33He will set the sheep on His right hand; the goats on the left. 

   34"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you

blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you;

35for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you

gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was

naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me;

I was in prison and you came to Me.'

    37"The righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see

You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 

38When did we see You a stranger, or naked?  39Or when did

we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?  40The King

will answer them, 'Assuredly. I say to you, inasmuch as you did

it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

    41"Then He will say to those on the left, 'Depart from Me,

42for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and

you gave no drink;  43 I was a stranger and you did not take

Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and

you did not visit.  45 Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the

least of these, you did not do it to Me.'  46These will go away

into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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