Description: God’s kingdom work gets done when we give generously of the time, love, and resources He has provided us.
Verse: Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
The call to share with those in need is still one of the ways we can impact our world. In showing love, concern, and generosity to those in need, it may provide an opportunity for sharing the message of the cross. I love to go to other countries on missionary trips, but I can tell you with my intent to bless others, I always seem to get more blessings than I think I leave in each trip.
I am amazed and humbled that the smallest gift is taken with a heart of gratitude and felt like I had given them a large gift. But on my last trip to Africa, I was challenged with what I was doing in my neighborhood. The Pastor of a local area asked me what I was doing to share Christ’s love in my own hometown. And even greater what was I doing to make an impact in my own street sharing the love of Christ.
Many of us tend to believe that we can not make an impact to anyone unless we have riches. To many, what we have is riches, and we tend to keep these blessings for ourselves instead of sharing the blessings with others. Our verse today reminds us that the blessings that God shares with us is not just for us, but for us to share with others.
Taking over a covered dish or fresh baked apple pie, gives us the opportunity to do many things. People today do not see simple acts of kindness, and when received really don’t understand why we do this for them. This gives us the opportunity to show compassion in a world that typically cares only about themselves.
Reflect on the last time someone showed you an act of kindness. How did it make you feel?
Possibly today you could do something really simple, a cup of coffee, some fresh flowers, a package of cookies, or a pot of fresh made soup. It really doesn’t matter when your heart is in it for the right reasons. Don’t do it for attention, but do it to show the love of God in your heart. Maybe you could even ask them if there was something you could pray about. Trust me your act of passion will be noticed, not only by the participants, but God said, “You are doing unto them, you are doing unto me.”
Everyone needs encouragement and acts of kindness. You know how good it makes you feel, but I love it when I hear others say, “I get more blessed in giving, than I do in receiving.” Simple acts of kindness show the world who doesn’t know about God, who God really is –in us. Remember–Giving isn’t just for the wealthy; it’s for all of us.
Prayer: God help me today to look for opportunities to love on others. You have blessed my life and I want to share with others about your love and promises to bless them not only in this life but in heaven when you come back. God please extend my territories and boundaries to extend your love to my neighbors and others. Lord please bless me so I can be a blessing to others for your kingdom. Amen