I was reading this weekend and two passages in the Bible jumped out at me in my daily readings. This is the first one in Matthew 25
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 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, 36 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.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “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?’
45 “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.’
And it’s this last verse that’s stuck with me since I read it this weekend.
When we help and serve those around us, we are serving God and we are being Jesus’ hands and feet to the world around us. I’m feeling very challenged about this as we begin Lent.
Last year I took part, with my family, in 40 acts (you can sign up here: http://www.40acts.org.uk) which is an act of generosity for each day of Lent. I really enjoyed it and shared quite a bit of my experience on this blog and on my social networking sites (mostly on my Twitter @REBarth)
This year I’ve been asked by 40 acts to document more of our ‘acts’ as we go through Lent. We are excited. My 10 year old has already made her generosity kit and is raring to go!
Hand in hand with this though is this; the second passage of the Bible that jumped out at me this weekend:
I need to be careful I’m not ‘bragging’ about my giving or helping. I need to just get on with it! So with that, I’m not going to be posting my acts daily this year. We are just going to get on with it. We do love it. It’s great for the kids to learn generosity. They certainly remember it from last year too.
Have a great Lent guys.