Matthew 25:31-40 (NIV)

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. 32 All 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.  33 He 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.  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.’   

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

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.’   

DEVOTION – Sandra Hastings (Ohio)

My 21-year-old grandson was leaving a store with a bag of apples when a woman and her two young children caught his eye.  Warren walked up to them and handed each of the children an apple, which they quickly devoured.  He learned that one of the children was sick, and that even though the woman had a prescription for medicine, she did not know how to fill it.  Nor did she have the money she needed.

Moved with compassion, Warren led the woman and children back into the store.  After purchasing the needed medicine and a few groceries, he drove them to their home.  The woman was overjoyed at this act of kindness from a stranger.

In Jesus’ story, the king said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40).  Each of us has countless opportunities to say a kind word, give a smile, or do a thoughtful deed.  When we take advantage of these opportunities as Warren did that morning, we encourage and spread God’s love to others.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Where will I meet Jesus today?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to be alert for opportunities to show you that we love you by caring for others.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO DON’T GET ENOUGH TO EAT

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