For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. (Matt. 25:35)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 25:35–36
I am unsure if it is my stubbornness or my can-do attitude, but sometimes I find it very difficult to ask for help—especially concerning finances. I feel I should always know what to do and have everything taken care of at all times. However, these past three years have shown us that you cannot plan ahead for every possibility, and a day may come when you need help. Another day may come when someone around you may need help. Are you willing to offer them what they need? Are you willing to see that maybe God has blessed you so you can bless another?
It is easy to pass by and not even recognize Jesus in our everyday lives. We are so busy that we can disregard the incredible opportunity to aid a stranger. Christ was telling his people that when you help one of his, you help him. Jesus described different ways to bless people, some of which require no money at all. Welcoming someone into your home or visiting someone in prison or in the hospital are practical ways to show love. This passage is more than just giving an option for Christians; it is a challenge to support others in some way. If you ask God to reveal a way you can help another, he most certainly will.
Look for the opportunities God gives you to bless another.
Rachel Reigard serves the Great Lakes Region of The Wesleyan Church as an ordained minister. She loves walking around Lake Michigan with her husband, Josh, and Corgi, Waffles.
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