FOR... The Forgotten - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Dear Lord, I continue to submit my time, talents, and gifts to you. Thank you for your grace that covers over everything.

 

Read Matthew 25:36 (NIV)

36” 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.”

 

Reflect:

Let’s consider this verse both literally and figuratively. Have you clothed someone in need? This might be giving new or gently used items to a charity that hands them out to those in need. Or giving blankets to the homeless in winter time. Have you cared for someone who was sick? This might be someone suffering from an illness and you cook a meal for the family. Have you visited someone in prison or supported a ministry dedicated to the incarcerated?

 Now let’s look at this verse in a different way. To be clothed is to have our shame covered by God’s redeeming grace. Have you offered grace? To be sick is to be in need of God’s healing. There are wounds that are only healed through his blood shed for us. I have to imagine that the worst prison would be self-isolation and loneliness. Have you sought out the lonely?

The world is not in short supply of people suffering and physical pain and need, but also the kind of relief that only our Savior can give. We can bring that relief to the forgotten.


Apply:

If you don’t know where to start in helping the forgotten, start with verse 36. Who near you needs clothing, care taking, or a visit?

Closing Prayer:

Lord, we praise you in the good times and bad because we know you will never leave nor forsake us. Thank you for your loving kindness and blessings.

Terry Schneider