05 Jul Pastor Note – 7/5
I hope you get to enjoy this holiday week with your family and friends. Connections and celebrations with people you love are never meaningless!
Monday nights we are part of an open life group and bible study. Time has been spent enjoying captions from Bob Goff’s book “Everybody, Always.” Last night he talked about Matthew 25:35-45:
(For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me 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.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Who has God put in your path? The sobering truth is when Jesus says “if you failed to help someone who was overlooked or ignored, that was ME…you failed to do it to me!”
See you Sunday for more of King Solomon’s wisdom in Ecclesiastes.
Live alert! Live relationally!