Give to the Lord

Do you feed the hungry, give to the thirsty, clothe the homeless, visit the poor and the sick, have compassion on the lost and lonely, or visit those in prison? Did you know that God says when you do these things you are really serving the Lord? You are feeding and giving drink to the Lord, clothing, and visiting the Lord, loving and caring for the Lord.

The attitude of your heart is what God sees as important. The condition and position of your heart will spill out through your words and actions. Is it soft, tender, compassionate, and does it care for others? Is it willing to give up and sacrifice itself to give and pour out to help those who are suffering and lost? Do you stretch out your hands wide to those in need not expecting anything in return?

This is what pleases the Lord, what makes Him smile and brim with pride when He looks upon His children. When they are poor in spirit, meek and kind, compassionate and forgiving. When they give to the poor, sick, thirsty, and hungry. When they have put their hand to the plow that turns up the hard soil of the lost heart. When they plant the seeds of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. So they may reap the harvest of everlasting life in the souls of this lost and dying world.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  Matthew 25:31-40

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