Be a Light

Instead of gratitudes tonight…

I was reminded tonight that what we will be judged on is not what we think we will be judged on.

We will not be judged by the size of our houses, or the number of cars in our garage.

The winner will not have the newest gadget or the biggest collection of gadgets.

We will not be evaluated by the number of Facebook friends or Twitter followers we have collected.

We won’t be praised for the bad things that we didn’t do. 

And the bad things we did, they are paid for already.  Finished work, about 2000 years ago.

We will be judged on how well we took care of others.

“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. 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.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”

–Matthew 25:34-40

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I recently asked God to draw my attention to people who recklessly abandon themselves to His will.  I am ashamed to admit, there have been two instances where I thought, this person?  But I don’t know if they ____________.  I don’t think they _____________.  (Whatever my preconceived ideas about following Jesus might be.)  Both times, as soon as I voiced that terrible thought to God, He began to show me how both of these people recklessly abandon themselves to other people.  I (judgementally) thought maybe they were more faith-filled than I thought, or that maybe I was distracted and I wasn’t paying attention to who God was really showing me.  I was wrong.  God was showing me that it doesn’t matter what I know about what they believe or how they practice their faith.  They recklessly abandon themselves to serve others, to take a moment to encourage, to open their homes and their lives to help, to immediately respond when they see a need.  They don’t need to be explicit about their faith to shine a light.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. 

–Matthew 5:16

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