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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 11, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs.
The focus of this parable is that we should love every person and serve anyone we can. Such love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for him. (NLT)
Matthew 25:34-40 – [Jesus said] “Then the King will say to those on the 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 fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirst and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
The Lord says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: . . . to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter . . . ? –Isaiah 58:6, 7 (NIV)
Hugo N. Urcola (Buenos Aires, Argentina) titled his story “THE LEAST OF THESE;” here is a portion of Hugo’s story:
“. . . Through all these experiences, Margarita has continued to follow her mother’s example, to live with compassion and do all things for God. The kingdom of God is built by people like Margarita. Following her example, we can pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to mirror the actions of Jesus to serve the ‘least of these.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – For whom does God call me to be an advocate today?
Prayer: Dear God, give us vision to see your purposes and courage to follow where you lead. In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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