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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jesus Said....

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Wow!!! This tells me that Jesus is fully aware of all the little things we do for people who cannot help themselves, and that as we live, move, and go about our daily tasks, we should be on the lookout for folks who need a helping hand. As we meet the needs of the down and out, we are literally, actually, and distinctly helping Jesus.

Did you catch that???

We have daily opportunities to help serve Jesus. If you saw Jesus with His arms full, and He needed help with opening a door, wouldn't you quickly race to hold the door open for Him??? Then shouldn't we do that for the elderly person who is gingerly walking through an otherwise awkward or heavy door?

If you saw Jesus looking for somewhere to throw away a used paper cup, wouldn't your heart leap for the chance to take that cup to the trash for him? Then it seems we should eagerly do the same for someone else.

I think that each of us needs to look around for a chance to serve Jesus today.

Who can we find that needs our help today? A child, a teammate, a fellow employee, a person standing on the street corner begging for a few leftover coins? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I think if you would just look around, you would see folks who need help all around you. And ultimately, the greatest gift you could EVER give Jesus, besides your own life, is to introduce Him to those around you who are desperate for salvation and eternity.

We get to serve Jesus by helping others, and the best way to help someone is to help them find Jesus. This sounds like a win, win, win situation. Jesus wins, you win, and the person we help wins. I need to finish this entry so I can get started.

How about helping the "least of these" today and then posting here exactly what you did......


Renee Rigley said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

In Nov our life group decided to begin a letter writing campaign to deployed troops. We did not have any addresses so we developed a generic letter and put together 500 envelopes with a Christmas track story of Jesus' birth, the letter, and a self-addressed envelope. We took the letters to an organization called Operation Gratitude in Encino. They send gift boxes (over 200,000 since 9/11) to overseas soldiers. They packed and mailed our letters and we asked God to bless the letters and to get them to the troops that needed to hear from home. Well, I can tell you that the Lord has blessed us with 32 returned letters so far. We were hoping for just a few letters and did not expect this response but the Lord is working! Some of the soldier’s stories tug at our hearts; you can hear loneliness, homesickness, and sadness in some. Others are just happy to tell someone about what they are doing. I wanted to let you know because I have personally read/answered all 33 letters. Several of the soldiers have email access and I have been sending the URL for Shepherd and referred to your BLOG several times! Keep up the good work on the BLOG; it's a fantastic and appealing way to minister to a vast number of people, including our troops! I have put together a spreadsheet of names and addresses so we can keep track of what we are doing. If you or anyone would like to have the information just let me know. The blessings that we have received in this service far outweigh what we have given. In His name,
Renee Rigley

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