Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 29, 2013

How to Get on the King’s Right

By Pastor Cottrell King, Assistant Pastor at TLC Fellowship

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! ~ Matthew 25:34-50

As I ponder these verses, I realize that there is much work to be completed. I reflect on certain events that took place while I was growing up. Sometimes we forget where we started in life, and lose focus on our purpose and the direction God is leading us. It was where I started as a child that helped keep me focused on caring for others.  My upbringing in my family structure, and the churches I attended as a child, were very instrumental in grooming me to love and care for God’s people. My parents raised me in an environment where I was taught to love and cherish others first. My father not only made sure we were provided for, but if there were others inside or outside the family in need of help he would do everything possible to help them. My mom, currently 82 years of age, reserves one week in each month to go out and visit each member of her church who is either hospitalized, in a nursing home or home bound.

Why should we care for others? Why should we care about strangers? What interest can we possibly have in people other than family and friends? Why should we care for people we have never met, and will never meet? This text reminds us that our inheritance is dependent on how we live and care for others. When we care for the least of these, we are caring for Christ. It is because of Christ’s DNA in us that we focus on the needs of others and not ourselves. Our goal is to be on the King’s right to inherit the Kingdom that was prepared for all who love him.

Prayer: Dear God, continue to use us to be a blessing to others—not only our families and friends, but also those who are on the outside. Let us be reminded that our inheritance is received based on how we love and care for our neighbor. Encourage us to love and accept those who are different because we must love them in order to love you. Amen

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