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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Knowing Christ Through Ministry"

Date published: 06/22/2011

Matthew 25:37-40 “‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?  When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You?  When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’  The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” (NIV)

Your participation in church, Bible study, and small groups are very comfortable activities . . . until this verse is thrown into the mix!  In this verse Jesus pushes you to the edge by saying that what you do for others becomes synonymous with what you do for Him.  In a world where material possessions can become a life quest, it becomes all too easy to shut out the needs of those around you.  Many times we cop out on ministering to the less fortunate by discounting the effectiveness of any effort because the needs are so great.  This Scripture does not leave any room for excuses, but actually goes to your commitment in Christ by saying “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.”  Your attentiveness to the needs of others becomes synonymous with your love for Jesus.  The ministry and life of Jesus was about people – not things and possessions.  When your life becomes more about people, the hearts of those people are opened up to God’s love and grace.  What you do with your things tells a great deal about your commitment to Christ.  Romans 14:8 says, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”  You must live wholeheartedly for the Lord knowing that your devotion to Him is more than your spiritual activities.  Your devotion to Him is about caring for and loving those around you.

John 15:11-14 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command.” (NIV)