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You Did It Unto Me
7/15/2015

Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ Matt. 25:45 (NKJV)

A few years ago my wife Carol and I had stopped by a yard sale to help pick up a kitchen table and a set of chairs that our daughter Shayla had acquired.  Our friends Jacqui and Kristy were having the yard sale, and they had combined some stuff to sell.  Jacqui had given the table set to Shayla and it was a tremendous blessing. 

We asked how the sale had been going, and Kristy said it was pretty successful considering it was almost 100 degrees outside, and it looked like it could rain at any moment.   She then told Carol and I, “I am a little disappointed because someone who had stopped by the sale had stolen a baseball glove.”  Apparently they had first asked how much the glove was, but then after a few moments of looking at the other stuff they got into their car and simply took the glove with them. 

We were really bummed to hear this had happened, but I quickly tried to encourage Kristy by sharing something I try to remember at times like this — I said,  “Everything we have has been given to us from God and is in fact His — we are simply stewards entrusted with His possessions.  So if someone steals from us, whom are they really stealing from?”  She answered, “God.”   I shared with her how I liked this principle because I felt it applied to whether we were giving to others, or if others were taking from us.

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you! Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)

We thanked Jacqui for her gracious gift as we got ready to leave and she looked up and smiled as she said, “I gave it to Jesus…” 

I think we can alleviate much anxiety from our lives, and perhaps we can even have a greater joy if we would simply appropriate this great truth by applying it to everything we do.  If we do everything as if we are doing it unto the Lord we can know with confidence He is pleased.  And if someone wrongs us either intentionally or by mistake, we can choose to forgive them right then and there as if we are doing this for the Lord as well.  When we choose to do this we can be confident it glorifies God. 

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Make a choice to do everything as if you are going to do it for Jesus — whether you are giving a kitchen table, or grace to those who are undeserving, let’s remember who we ultimately do things for and then simply say, “I’m giving it to Jesus…”

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians how are we to do everything?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you doing everything to the glory of God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a conscious decision today to do every action as if you were doing it for the Lord personally. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for everything You have done for me.  Thank You for Your amazing grace upon my life when I didn’t deserve it.  Father, help me to be more like You and less like my fleshly self.  Help me to give to others as if I am giving to You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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