“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.’ – Matthew 25:38-40
OBSERVATION: In the 2017 report to Congress, the Department of Housing and Development shows approximately 556,000 people to be homeless in America. There is a need in America, El Dorado is not immune. As the church we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves! These are our neighbors as well. We are also called to be a generous people! Often, we allow our flesh to come out and look down upon those in need, and even say blanket statements, such as “they just need to get a job”, without even knowing the people or their circumstances. Our knee- jerk reaction is often coming from a stance of pride and selfishness. Matthew 25:35-46 speaks of the difference between the actions of a follower of Christ and one who does not. The follower of Christ shows compassion for people in need, and the Lord says in verse 45, ‘whatever you did for the least of these you also have done for me!”
PRAYER: Father, today we pray that we may as a church, see with the eyes of Christ and be generous to those in need around us. May we, as the Bride of Christ, show compassion and love to all of our neighbors! May we be able to show the love of Christ in such a way that Christ may be undeniable in the lives of our neighbors. Praise God from whom all blessing flow.