Theme of the Week: Faith and Hope in Action
Bible Verse: 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. Matthew 25:35-36
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Back in the day, I was a worship leader/pastor and quite often carried a pretty heavy vocal load, preaching, teaching, singing until at one point I contracted a sore throat but it didn’t get better. A trip to the doctor determined that I needed to shut down vocal activity for an extended period or I was going to do permanent damage to my vocal chords. So, for several weeks I was very quiet.
If you’ve ever lost your voice, it’s an awful feeling. See, to be voiceless is to be vulnerable.
Today, there are many people who, though they may have a proper working voice box – they are voiceless in another way. These people struggle without much attention or care being given to them. No one sees or hears them in their time of need.
In Matthew 25, Jesus explains that how we treat those that are hurting, poor, and needy is integral in how view and worship Jesus. ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40). Those are some striking words.
What if the homeless person you pass along the street, or the elderly widow who needs her driveway shoveled, or the child in foster care right in your own neighbourhood are not someone else’s problems, but rather, opportunities for you to serve and love Jesus?
When we serve others in this way, we are in fact serving and worshipping Jesus. When we care and speak up for the voiceless and downtrodden, we are worshipping our God who cares so deeply about those same people.
How would our world look differently if we advocated and helped those who were voiceless?
This week, our devotionals will touch on what it means to love like Jesus, and to pursue justice in a day when so many need it. I hope this week will challenge you to listen for the voiceless. Now, that might sound odd. How can you hear them if they are silent? I’m glad you asked. That is why we need to pray for eyes to see what Jesus sees and ears to hear what he hears. The cries of the voiceless can be heard. The question is, are we listening? Follow along each day and share with your friends. If you have not already, click here to subscribe to get these in your inbox each day!
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