Devotions – 2014.10.06

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.’
Matthew 25:40
In the end Jesus Christ, the King, will hold court. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats on His left. He will tell to the sheep: ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’ And the sheep will ask: ‘Lord, when was that?’ Jesus will reply: ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ But He will say to the goats the opposite: ‘You gave him nothing to eat or drink, or wear, you did not invite him nor visited. You have done him no good and left him alone.’ But to the sheep He will say: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’
Jesus is the King of mercy and compassion. He pays close attention to how we deal with the other children of the king. He wants us to think of others first and do not hold our possession for ourselves but use it to do good. This behavior should be so ingrained in us that we hardly perceive it consciously; It should be our lifestyle. Just as Jesus is love and mercy in person, so we should be too. God has not given us our wealth so that we use it selfishly, but to share and do good for others. That is how His kingdom will be built and people give glory to Him. Our country is a rich country. We want to share with the poor countries. Our prosperity is built on their backs! That is why we want to find ways we can do them good. There is sponsorship for children available, there are small loans for small business, there are SOS Children’s Villages, there are so many things we can get involved in! In our rich countries there are so many things which are seeming normal and we have a right to them. But all that does not exist in many other countries. We should change our thinking!
Thank you, Jesus, you do not behave with us how we do with others! Forgive us for our selfishness and ruthlessness. I want to be the mirror of your mercy sharing what you are giving me with others. How good it is that you take care of me and I do not need to fear. You are a good, wonderful, merciful king!

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