Begin your time with God in prayer.
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
"They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Matthew 25:44-45
God desires that we learn to treasure all people and uses verses like these to help us to understand how to treasure people. When I pass someone in need, I often think of this verse. It causes me to check my heart. What would I do if it was Jesus? Would my attitude be different? We can’t meet everyone’s needs, but we can reach out to the people that cross our path today and show each one of them that we care about them as a person.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· How is Matthew 25:44-45 going to change how you respond to people in need? What excuses do you make for ignoring people’s needs?
· What specific things can you do to show people that you care?
· Ask God to help you care for people the way that you would care for Jesus if He were in that situation.
Father, I need Your help. There are so many people and so many needs. Help me to treasure people and see the value of caring about those You have put in my path. Transform my heart so that I am more concerned with others than myself. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." James 2:8-9
"Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God." 1 Peter 22-23
Posted on Tue, January 28, 2014
by Sam Petitfils