Saturday, May 8, 2010

Daily devotional: Sheep and the goats

Scripture
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Matthew 25:35-36 NIV

Observation
What separates the "sheep" from the "goats" in Jesus' parable is what they did and did not do for the least. Jesus expects our works to look like the Good Samaritan's. This is challenging for me because although I like to think I am compassionate rather than self-absorbed, I can't say that these types of works are characteristic fo my actions but are perhaps more of an exception.

Application
Be intentional about caring for the least of God's children rather than on just caring for my own needs and desires.

Prayer
Lord, I certainly love you, and I know that as I grow closer to You, my heart is increasingly moved by what moves You to compassion. Please show Stephanie and me how we can change our lives and priorities so that these behaviors are normative rather than exceptions when You inspect our actions. Move us in the ways that You are moved.

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