Over the next 6 weeks I want to take a close look at what Jesus left us with in Mathew 25:34-40. Hopefully I can present us with a challenge to carry out each week as we look at the passage that has been called “The Great Compassion.” To help you understand how large of a challenge this is for me we need to step back a few months to the MAC (Missionary Assessment Center) that we attended in January. In preparation for this Converge Worldwide had us prepare several personal assessments to be reviewed while at the MAC. A couple of the areas that we were evaluated on were Compassion and Empathy. On a scale of 1 to 100 in the category of empathy my wonderful wife scored 100 I did not do so well I scored a 0. I think that I have always had that “Walk it off” attitude, I know that my kids have loved that. Dad, I think I sprained my ankle, me – walk it off. Dad, I have diarrhea, me – walk it off. But I digress, I score slightly better in the Compassion area but still needing improvement. So that brings us to our passage in Mathew and my attempt to put feet to Jesus words. So, your assignment this week is to simply read this passage and come back next week for our journey together in Compassion applied. Each week we will take one of the opportunities that Jesus has laid out for us and apply it. We will find that some of these opportunities are what I will call “going” opportunities and some will be “sending” opportunities. Sometimes it is easier to just make everyone a sending opportunity, my challenge is to make everyone that you can a GOING OPPORTUNITY!
Matthew 25:34-40 NKJV
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 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? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Do you feel the love that is communicated through this passage?
One more thing, as you apply the opportunity each week come back and make a comment on the blog, I would love to hear what you experienced.
Get ready to be blessed!