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Daily Devotion 8/2/2013

Daily Devotion 8/2/2013

Matthew 25:34-40—“ 34 Then the King will exness say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was exness reviews in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (NLT)

In preparing Wednesday night’s teaching for our students, I was reminded about exness .com how our selfishness and our self-centered can be a hindrance in our relationship with God and following what He asks from us.

Contemporary Christian musician Matthew West decided to ask people to send him stories about themselves and stories from their life and he utilized these as inspiration for his album “The Story of Your Life,” as well as a book (same title) he co-authored with Angela Thomas.  He received over 10,000 stories and he spent two months in a cabin reading all of them.  West writes the following during his experience in the cabin:

“There was a pivotal moment one day in the cabin when I felt God reveal a convicting truth to me.  This is what I wrote in my prayer journal:  ‘Spending two months focusing on the lives of other people has made me humbly aware of how differently I live the rest of my life.  Most days go by, and I don’t even spend two minutes focusing on anyone other than me.  I’m tired of ‘population: me.’’”[1]

This spoke to me because I thought to myself, “You know what, this is so true.  How many days do I allow to go by and never stop and focus on anyone else other than me or anything else other than what affects me?”  Being honest, if I counted them up there would probably be more than I would care to count.

The passage above was one of the passages they alluded to within the book, and it makes me think:  How often do I take the time to focus and seek to help out the “least of these” within my own surroundings . . . or how often do I neglect them, maybe passing right by them, too busy to take notice, let alone seek to help, because I am wrapped up in my own world, in “population: me?”

Sometimes we like to use the cope out, “Well, I can’t help everyone or I can’t completely take care of that situation, so I just won’t help at all.”  A couple weeks ago I was visiting the church I grew up in while on vacation and the pastor suggested, talking about this statement in particular, “I’m tired of hearing people say this.  Yeah, you can’t help everyone, but have you helped anyone?”

So, the challenge I presented to the students on Wednesday night is the same challenge I present to you:  Take a moment out of your day today and think about a need around you you know needs to be met.  This could be someone who is in need or something that needs to be done.  Between now and my next blog post on Friday, August 9, DO IT.  No excuses, no waiting for someone else to take the reins.  DO IT.

And bring the love of God alive in real and tangible ways!

Grace,

Corey

 


 

[1] Angela Thomas and Matthew West, The Story of Your Life: Inspiring Stories of God at Work in People Just like You, (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2011), 97.

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