The following passage was given in conjunction with a service on Impact last Sunday at my church, Westside Family Church in Lenexa, KS. As I look this over I realize once again that if I truly follow Jesus, if I love Him, that my actions to those around me and across the world are a result of that love, not merely a requirement to be checked off of some list before I die. It is heartfelt.
This is something that, if you have read my blog for very long, I struggle with all of the time. I am not really sure why that is. I really think I have a huge heart for people. At least I feel like I do. I have reached out to people in need. I have offered up my home to a friend in need. I have been a listener. I have been an encourager. I generally step up when something is wrong and point it out – not always, but a lot of times. I try to listen to God’s prompting. In fact I have seen the results when God has prompted me to action and I listened. But for some reason (probably God talking again) I continue to get a prompting to do more.
One prompting came when I wrote a song awhile ago. That song was a song from my heart about God prompting. Here are a couple of verses:
You always seem to know Lord my story is twofold
Yet You keep on asking me, “Can’t you be more bold?”
I know it is my time Lord yet I stumble through the words.
I pray my faith is strong enough to cross the open sea.
While minutes keep on rolling and the days are flying by
I can feel You working Lord walking by my side
Pushing me and pulling me being my personal guide
Allowing me to see the world battling by Your side
Thus the confusion for me. When the time comes to do something “major” I am afraid to move forward. I am afraid I am not prepared. I am afraid of saying the wrong thing. Now who is to say what is major and what is minor. Are all of my little touches actually big touches? Or, I am just hoping that is the case, and ultimately fooling myself? See my dilemma?
I guess I need to go back to what I wrote just a moment ago, “But for some reason (probably God talking again) I continue to get a prompting to do more.” I need to stop and pray – remember the short powerful verse – 1 Thes. 5:17? It is time to adjust and seek input. It is time to pray my simple prayer – guide me, teach me, use me. Wait… am I ready???? Ugh…
So, with that, I will just say that I continue to walk down my path. Living in my faith. Reaching out to the people that God has placed in my life. People such as my wife, my daughters, my family, my neighborhood, my city, my nation, and even the world. Some of those touches will come from this blog. Some of those touches will come from the money I donate. Some of those touches will come from the times I reach out in one way or another to help.
In conclusion, pray on this passage. Matthew 25: 31-46… the parable of the sheep and the goats.
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For 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, 36I 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? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When 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. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I 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.”