I was Hungry…

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (Matthew 25:35-36)

 

Matthew 24 may very well be the most misused and abused chapter in the Bible.  Jesus answered the questions of the disciples and in doing so He told first of the destruction of Jerusalem and secondly He told of the end of the world.

Speaking of the destruction of Jerusalem Jesus gave some signs; speaking of the end of the world Jesus declared that there were no signs.  Connected with the end of the world, Jesus also spoke of the judgment day.  The judgment is addressed in the later part of chapter 24 and throughout chapter 25.

Many warnings, promises, assurances and guarantees are given concerning the final, great judgment day: Jesus said that all the dead will be raised (John 5:28); Jesus said that the righteous and unrighteous will be judged (John 5:29);  Jesus said that all nationalities will be judged (Matthew 25:32);  Jesus said that all will be judged by His word (John 12:48); Paul recorded that all will be judged according to the lives they have lived (II Corinthians 5:10).  Knowing all these things about the judgment we still do not know exactly how it will be executed.

Jesus gives some insight to the judgment with the things He spoke as recorded in Matthew 25.  Jesus stated that we will be judged according to how we dealt with our fellow man, with those in need.  Jesus made the parallel that for one to care for the needs of another was to care for Him; for one to turn a blind eye to the needs of another was to turn a blind eye to Christ.

The Logan Martin church of Christ has and maintains a food pantry.  This is made possible through your generosity.  Your liberality toward the needy never ceases to amaze me.  This past Wednesday night I announced that our panty needed to be restocked and before I left the building I received a call concerning the help one could offer.  Thursday morning I began to receive your gifts to satisfy the needs of others and the items continue to come to the building.

A light perusal of God’s word shows that God has always shown great concern for the well-being of the poor, widowed and orphans.  In your studies, notice the large number of people whose hunger was satisfied by Jesus.  God not only teaches through example but also direct command concerning our responsibility to those who are in need.  Thank you for hearing and heeding God’s word.

The food pantry is a wonderful outreach program.  With each gift I also speak with the recipients about their spiritual state.  We give the gifts with no “strings attached” but I do plant the seed concerning eternity.

Thank you for all that you do, and may God continue to bless you in all your good works as we shine the light of God throughout this community.

                                                                                                          Tim

 

 

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