All of us who have been believers for any length of time know how much we need Him in our lives as Lord and as Savior, but how many of us know what really pleases Jesus, that brings joy to His heart? Let’s look at a few scriptures:
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 25:34-40 (NKJV)
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
The above scriptures are very instructive. Jesus is saying we can’t just say we love Him. We need to show Him in ways that are meaningful to Him, and the key is being love as He is. He even shows us how to do that in Matthew 25:34-40. You might wonder why Jesus focuses on love. Well, we all know that He is love, that’s His character and makeup. It is into this love that God the Holy Spirit transforms us daily. In essence, Jesus is says that if we love Him and want to be with Him, we need to be like Him. Notice how the passage in Matthew 25 opens: there’s an invitation to be with Jesus for eternity. And Jesus explains why. It’s because love, kindness and provision were shown to those of His who were in need. The interesting thing is that the sheep still didn’t get it because Christ said He was hungry, thirsty, etc, and their acts of kindness were directed to those physically present and hurting. Then Jesus explains fully: ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Mother Teresa knew what Jesus was talking about. She looked into the eyes of those poor, leprous and otherwise infirm people in her care and saw Jesus. Can we say and do the same? If we can, Jesus will give us the same invitation He gave the sheep. Pray with me, please: Father God, help all who pray this prayer see Jesus and others as You intend for us to see them: as hurting people who need Your love, compassion, help, kindness and attention. Help us to make giving this love a priority every day. Thanks for sending those who have needs across our paths and guiding us in how to help them. May they see You in us and, if they don’t yet know You, may Your touch in their lives through us impact them so that they desire to learn about what it means to Follow Jesus and live His way in spiritual love. In Your name Jesus, amen.
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