Monday, January 12, 2015

Devotion 1.13.15

Who are the least among us?  Are they the frail, the weak, perhaps even someone who has a condition that causes a disability?  Are they those in a circumstance they didn't cause?  The children of people with an addiction that takes their time, money, and attention away from the child?  Do they lack skill or ability to care for themselves?  Are they people, as we see it, who got themselves there? Someone we might walk past without concern or even notice?

Isaiah, speaking of the coming Messiah, said, "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." (42:3)  He will care for the most fragile among us.  He will not abandon them.  In Matthew, he speaks of our accountability to take care of those among us in need, when we question  His judgment, "When did we see you hungry or thirsty or....?" (25:44)  In other words, "Jesus, if I had known it was you, well, that have been different."  Christ replies, "...whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me." (45)

We have our opportunities.  They are there before us.  Pray that we care of those among us when the opportunity arises.  Pray that we take care of "the least of these."  Pray that we are slow to judge and quick to show compassion through prayer and action.  Pray that we encourage each other daily.

Peace in Him Who Gives Us Hope -

Hope Men's Ministry

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