“You did it for me
WHEN YOU DID IT FOR THEM ”
The world is Pain.
It is a verifiable and observable fact. The world is tears and in distress and all the while it looks like she’s sitting on a ticking time bomb. Does that sound morbid to you? I said so and it sounds morbid to me, but when I stop in an effort to be more positive, take another look and rethink the world situation, I realize that it is true; and me was right after all – everyone is Pain. The world is in tears. The people of the world are confused.
And here is the question – what should we TO DO about that?
The question is not simply: “What are you think about that? ”Or,“ What does it take to say about that? Or, “How are you vote about that? ”You hear that every night on CNN or Fox News. Here’s the liberating truth: Being a Christian is not a right or left thing. It is not best expressed by politics. Christianity is best expressed by what Christians DO.
The question is: “What is we To TO DO on people’s needs?
As recently as yesterday, I read the story of an American pastor who took a sabbatical and traveled to Calcutta, India, to serve alongside the famous Mother Teresa:
In 1950, she founded Missionaries of Charity. She felt as if she had been commanded by God to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. His goal, in his own words, was to “take care of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, careless throughout the world. society, people who have become a burden on society and are rejected by everyone. In 1952, she opened her first hospice in Calcutta and transformed an abandoned Hindu temple into a Christian temple. The house of the dying. Those brought home lovingly and lovingly received medical care and an environment in which to die with dignity. People were dying like animals on the streets of Calcutta, but in the The house of the dying they died appreciated, cherished and important. Mother Teresa once said: “A beautiful death is for people who lived on the streets like animals to die like angels – loved and wanted.
How did she come to think so? Where did she learn that? What motivated her to do this?
I think I know.
Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, shortly before his death on the cross, he warned of a coming judgment day when each person will stand before him and face the music so to speak. What Jesus said is a solemn warning to all of us, “When I return, I will say to some: ‘Come and be blessed in my Kingdom, for when I was hunger you fed me; when I was thirsty you gave me water to drink; When I was a foreigner you befriended me; when I was naked you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you visited me. i was in jail and you came to be with me.
Jesus predicted that in response they would ask, “When YOU sick? When were YOU hunger? Or thirsty? Or in prison? When were YOU naked? “In other words,” When did WE food YOU? When WE visit YOU in prison? When WE to give YOU clothes to wear? Jesus’ response to their question is impressive: “When YOU did it for the least of my brothers, YOU did it for ME. “
Do you to listen this?
Jesus predicted that he would say: “YOU did it for ME when you did it for THEM. “
If you claim to be a Christian, let’s be clear – Jesus love people. People question goodbye. Hungry people matter to God. People in prison matter to God. People so poor that they have no clothes to wear matter to God. People who don’t have clean drinking water to drink matter to God. They mean so much to Jesus that when you feed them, you are feeding HIM.
Now back to the pastor who went to serve alongside Mother Teresa. After her first day serving the poorest of the poor, she had only one question, “Have you seen Jesus today? “
What did she mean?
When Jesus sees the needy of the world, he identifies so much with them that he sees himself. She asked the minister: “When you served them have you seen Him?
In the Bible we are told that, “Pure and genuine religion in the eyes of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress … There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. “ It is a pretty strong language, and it expresses forcefully part of what it means to be a Christian. In the Bible, James, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food and no clothes, and you say, ‘Good bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well ”- but then you do not give that person any food or clothing. How does it feel beautiful? So, see, faith in itself is not enough.
May I ask you, who do you do see when you see needy and distressed people?
Yesterday I was thinking about this whole subject. I left the restaurant where I devoured an excellent lunch, and as I drove in my air-conditioned car on Hwy 49 in Jackson, I saw a lady carrying three large bags of groceries. She had a splint on her right leg and every step was difficult and painful. I wondered where she lived. How far will she have to travel? I whispered under my breath, “Should I stop and help him?” Would she be afraid to accept help from a complete stranger? As I walked past her, I turned to look back. She was exhausted, pale and sweaty. With each step, his face grimaced and twisted. So I turned around. Slowly, I turned to the side of the road and stopped a bit in front of her. When she got to my car, I leaned closer to the passenger window and said, “Ma’am, can I help you? Handing him my card, I introduced myself, “My name is Pastor Keith. I am the new pastor of Sutter Creek Baptist Church. Looks like you are going through a rough time. Can I drive you? She was so grateful and she said over and over again, “Thank you. Thank you so much.”
As we turned onto the freeway, I looked and sideways I could see her eyes were filled with tears. Nervous and a little embarrassed I think, she kept saying, “Thank you, pastor. I appreciate that very much. “Upon arriving home, I realized it was not far, but walking with an injured leg in a brace, it was too far. A warm feeling flooded my heart and I knew I had done the right thing.
I watched her and then I saw Him.
The He was.
Having read the story the day before, I remembered Mother Teresa’s question, “Have you seen Jesus today? “ I have to be honest. I have passed more people in need than I would like to admit, but yesterday I saw Jesus on Hwy 49 in Jackson, California.
Pastor Keith Whitehouse and his wife Tracy invite you to visit Sutter Creek Baptist Church, 250 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek. Services take place every Sunday at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome.