“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”
Matthew 25:40 NASB
When we believers care for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, the prisoner – all those in need – it is as though we are doing these things for Jesus. We show that we are believers, that our faith is real. Those who live this way are true Christ followers. Those who don’t are not.He cares for the needy. He cares about our physical needs. He cares for the physical needs of His creatures because He loves them. He expects us to reflect His character by loving and caring for the physical needs of others as well. These are the works of true faith.
Do you reflect God’s love like this? Do you have time for the needy? Do you want to?
When we serve others, sacrifice for others, love others, we serve and sacrifice for and love Jesus.
We become comfortable and content with our self-centeredness. We so often live lives of isolation that are focused entirely on “me and mine,” but our lives should not be this way. We desperately need to care for the material and physical needs of others as outward evidence of a real faith.
Pray something like this:
God, I know that I need to change. I know that I need to release this self-centeredness and live outside myself. I have told You honestly that I want to be more like Christ. But in this way, honestly, I don’t, and I don’t know how to be different. God, I need You just to give me the desire to care for the needy, for anyone outside my immediate, close circle.
Without His grace, this cannot happen in us, but He wants to transform us.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
Philippians 1:21-24 NASB
As followers of Christ, either life or death is a benefit to us. If we live on, we will continue to work for the sake of the Kingdom. If we die, we will be with Christ our Lord, which is better by far.
To be with Him is better than life in this world. He has control over life and death. If He has plans for us here, we will remain alive in the flesh.
Would that, like Paul, we would be torn because we want to be with Christ, but we long to continue our labor for His Church here. This is Paul serving as an example of being a living sacrifice. He has given all of Himself to the Lord and is willing to take whatever comes.
Are you torn like this? Or do you want your life in the flesh more than you want to be with Christ? Do you know who you are? Or are you simply living as another self-centered citizen of this world, rather than a citizen of the Kingdom?
Our desires need to be changed. We need to become true worshipers, to give our bodies as living sacrifices.
We need His grace to change us.