Just Doing What Comes Naturally
Read Matthew Chapter 25
Mt 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ 41 “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
After writing yesterday’s devotional, I looked it over and wondered why I wrote it. Then today, I came across this passage and I understood. Within this passage, we find some deep thoughts in regard to good works. As we studied yesterday, we found that works do not save us. One could read these verses from Matthew and think, “Yes, we are saved by works.” Not so. We have other scriptures which clearly tell us that is not so. In that case, what is the purpose of this passage?
I believe this scripture was included in our bibles because it shows us how important are our works. Our works, done under that guidance of the Spirit, make a difference in the lives of others. We don’t always know how our actions are affecting others. In this passage, the righteous did not realize that many of the things they had done were going to have an impact – not only on the receiver, but also on the giver. How different would our lives be if we did not receive any help, any encouragement, any strength, from our brothers and sisters in Christ? What if we did not have each other to build one another up and share our faith? We think life is difficult now – it would be much worse.
Is there any difference between the works we do willfully – those we do because we want to be of value to the Kingdom of God? They all accomplish the will of God, when done under guidance from the Spirit and with right motives. Will we receive rewards for the ones we do knowingly? Pretty sure we will. But it really doesn’t matter whether we do or not. We don’t deserve any rewards. They are a gift and blessing from our Father, freely given to us out of His love for us. I think our greatest surprise will be like the example in this scripture, when we hear about the unknown impact we had on others.
Again, we need to remind ourselves that when our minds are focused upon doing good works for our Lord, we are not as likely to have our minds buried in our same-sex desires. Our lives need to be so wrapped up in our Lord that we don’t have time for anything which does not honor and glorify Him. Just in case you are wondering, I am not totally there yet. I am still learning how to devote 100% of self to God. The mental and spiritual mindset of the Christians in today’s passage must have been pretty close to that 100% we are striving for. Their lives were so wrapped up in Christ that the things they did naturally and normally were for God.
Prayer: Oh Lord, how we long for the kind to love and commitment to You which causes us to just live for You without even having to think about it. We are far short of that goal. Help us, Father, to grow spiritually, so that we will be like that.