Monday, September 11, 2006

Afternoon Thoughts - It's A Royal Family Affair

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” (Matt 25:40)

One of the beauties of reading the Bible is some of the little things you don’t notice. Sometimes we go for the grand schemes and major stories of scripture and don’t take on board some of the little things. This is one of those times where I came across something I hadn’t noticed before. As Jesus is relating what it will be like when He returns He starts off in verse 31 by saying when the Son of Man appears. Now this is always a sign of Him talking about Himself. A bit like saying when yours truly, or in my case, when muggins pops up. So He starts off there, but notice His title changes to the King by verse 34 repeated here. If there was ever any doubt that Jesus isn’t only Lord but king as well this section of scripture should dismiss those quickly.

It makes it all the more remarkable to hear the King saying that whatever is done for the least of His BROTHERS is done to Him. Now there’s a family feeling if ever there was one. The King Himself in all glory saying that care for the little guy is care for Him. That’s got to change our own perspective on humanity. That’s got to motivate us to look for any opportunity to extend a helping hand to those in need. To know that in doing so we’re actually helping our royalty – not just any royalty but heavenly royalty – what an honour that is. That’s how precious our perspective on humanity should be.

The homeless, helpless, heartless and hopeless are just waiting for an opportunity to know that there is a home, help and hope from people who have a heart to give them and allow them to understand how special they are. And every day we have the privilege of showing them.

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