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Seek to Understand, Then to be Understood

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17 NLT

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?  Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” Matthew 25:34-40 NLT

Last November, during one of our cold freezes the heat went out in my home.  I was miserable. I lay in bed, under my comforter, in my bedroom and I was miserable.  I was so cold that all I wanted to do was complain to anyone who could read my text messages.  Yet as I lay shivering, something happened.  I became aware and realized if I was that cold in my home, what about those that had no home?  The invisible ones of our community.  And in my awareness, I knew I had to do something…As Jesus was teaching His disciples about His return and the final judgment, He chose a parable about the poor and least of these to illustrate His desire for us to walk out His love for God’s children on Earth.  This parable is important because it gave a context to how we are to serve and look out for others, specifically the least of these, how important serving others is to Jesus and to our final judgment, and how serving others is a mark of our Christ-like character and God’s will.

Throughout the gospels, when we see the miracles of Christ we see Christ helping the sick, the lame, and the poor.  We see Jesus help the outcasts.  Christ’s entire earthly ministry revolved around helping, thereby serving, others and then showing them spiritual truth.  But before He could share spiritual truth to them, He met them where they were.   He sought to recognize and understand their needs, before He sought them to understand His purpose.

Great Is.org is the devotional extension of our non-profit, At The Cross Global Ministries (www.atthecrossministries.org).  Although we whole heartedly believe in encouraging and challenging our Christen brethren, we also believe in doing.  Therefore we would like to invite you to partner with us for INREACH 2014 on May 17 as we become the hands and feet of Christ and reach into the lives of the invisible of our community, the homeless.

Christ called each of us to be a witness wherever we go and to serve ALL God’s children. Will you consider joining us?  If so, please consider donating or volunteering.  We need to raise $1k dollars for our first INREACH mission in Dallas, TX.  Our goal is to reach at least 100 people.  We will distribute blessing bags full of much needed toiletries, Bibles, and other items; offer an opportunity to talk and understand the needs of the homeless community; and then to offer prayer and encouragement.  To make a tax-deductible gift, click HERE and if you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail info@atthecrossministries.org.
Walk with Him this week and in all you do, seek opportunities for you to become the hands and feet of Christ to all those that need Him