Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Humbled

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’

“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’

Matthew 25:31-46


I love my husband. I am blessed by him. God uses him to grow me, teach me, encourage me, love me, and more often that I would care to admit, humble me. One such instance was last night. He came home from work like any other day. I was in the kitchen making dinner and after he hugged Cayd and I, he asked me how long it would be until dinner was ready. I told him it would be a little while and he asked me if I could quickly whip up a sack lunch. He then explained that he saw a man, potentially homeless, on the side of the road with a sign that said he was out of work and needed help. He had given him $4 from his wallet but came home with a heavy heart wanting to do more - obviously the Holy Spirit at work. I put together a sandwich and some things to go with it while Collin searched for a cold, unopened bottle of water from our fridge. Without finding one, he commented that he would just stop by a gas station and pick one up. I immediately froze. He was going to buy this man a water? Couldn't he just buy his own water out of the $4 Collin gave him? We are saving all of our extra money right now to go towards vacation. Who knows what this man is going to do with all the money he got from panhandling all day anyway. Can't we expect him to get his own water? I am ashamed to admit that these were my initial thoughts.

Collin left to take this man dinner and I stood over our stove, pounding out my frustration on some innocent mashed potatoes. I began to pray. And immediately, I was overcome with regret. How could I be so upset over a $2 bottle of water? I was overwhelmed at my selfishness. At the ugliness of my heart. So humbled at the sacrifices that have been made for me despite how completely undeserving I am. Collin came home about 15 minutes later and began telling me what happened. He took the man, who he learned was named Michael, the sack of food and they talked for a couple minutes. Michael is a fifty-something year old man who is out of work right now. Collin and Michael, who professes to be a Christian, prayed together. Collin said after the prayer, Michael was crying and when Collin hugged him, Michael held on for a long time. This broke my heart. The poor guy just needed a hug! I learned in Psych 101 in college that as humans, we need to be hugged 7 (at least I think it is 7...) times a day. I wonder when was the last time that anyone lovingly embraced Michael.

Collin told me when he got home that he was convicted from a passage in a book that he is reading right now. The book is Radical by David Platt and in this particular passage, David is talking about how he was preaching on giving - he's a pastor - and how a very wealthy man from his congregation came to see him one random day. He told him how he'd been thinking about everything that David had been preaching about and he had gotten really mad about it. But the more he thought about it and prayed over it, the more he was realizing that David was right. So, he began giving away a lot of his money, properties, etc. He made a comment (I'm paraphrasing this so excuse me because it's not exact) that he was pretty sure that when he reaches those pearly gates and stands before the throne, that God's not going to say to him, "I wish you had kept more for yourself."

Wow. Powerful words of truth that I definitely needed to hear. Lord, forgive me for my greedy, selfish heart! Rid me of myself and get me out of the way so that I may be useful to you. To love others. To help them financially. To feed them. To hug them. To bring them to You.

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