#thirstythursday / sheep & goats

#thirstythursday: The day I get to drink Mt. Dew. Just Kidding. Remember the woman at the well? We’ll focus on the Word each Thursday. Jesus offered living water – that she would never thirst again. I want that water!
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I’m part of a group of friends reading a book called, Interrupted – and y’all – it is INTERRUPTING me!

Today’s reading focused on Matthew Chapter 25 where Jesus is teaching and you might remember Him telling the story about the sheep and goats.

If you haven’t read through Matthew Chapter 25 recently, I would highly encourage you to stop right now and do that.

In her book, Jen Hatmaker points out to us that these detailed instructions and teachings from Jesus are top priority – it is His final week on earth. This tells us that we should absolutely pay attention to what He is saying, ya think?

What do you think about when you see these words:

hungry
thirsty
stranger
clothing
sick
prison

For example:

Hungry: do we see a person standing on the corner holding a sign that might not be legit, or a child coming to school that hasn’t eaten a single thing since lunch yesterday?

Thirsty: do we see a drunk addict that wasted everything on booze, or someone so parched that they are searching for living water?

Stranger: do we see weird people that we avoid talking to, or do we invite the neighbors over for dinner taking a risk that they will actually be crazy?

Clothes: do we just toss our leftovers into the Goodwill pile, or do we purposefully package clothes and put them into the hands of those around us that have a need? Btw: Start asking. The needs are very real and they are very much near you.

Sick: do we add the sick to our prayer chain, or do we surround them with support, meals, phone calls, cards, hospital & nursing home visits?

Prison: do we think that this one is for somebody else that feels “called” to the prison ministry, or do we get out of our comfort zone and try it at least once to see what happens when we fully rely on God?

STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Not everyone feels called to do all of these things, Starr!”

I absolutely realize there are other ways God uses individuals to reach the lost and those in need.

But y’all – I can’t help but ask this one question, “Are we allowed to ignore these instructions and teachings completely and still call ourselves followers of Christ?”

How on earth can we justify that these problems are for someone with more money and more time and just turn our heads?

Full honest disclosure: all of the examples above are thoughts that I’ve had when thinking about the sick or the prisoners or the hungry. Too many times I’ve been comfortable thinking those that are “called” to take care of these problems, will. Isn’t that what non-profit organizations are for? I’ll just handle what I’m called to do: lead worship/choir & children’s church.

What a load of crap.

How can I ignore the real needs? I simply can’t anymore.

I’m preaching to myself today more than ever and please don’t feel for one minute that I’m pointing fingers at anyone else. I’ve never thought about how these instructions from Jesus weren’t just for the disciples – the instructions were for me.

I think I’ve said enough for today.

What do you think about the instructions and teachings of Jesus in Matthew 25?
What do these words of “the least of these” mean to you?
How do you make a place for addressing them in your life?
Please tell me I’m not the only selfish one that is struggling with this.

~Starr

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