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Devotional - week of April 1, 2012


GODLY MINISTRIES

 

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Matthew 25:34-36

 

The context of this statement begins in verse 31, with the words, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him …

 

The passage ends with, “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

 

It has often been said that the greatest thing one person can do for another is to lead him to salvation through Jesus. Who would argue with that? This statement stands true to all born again God-loving believers.

 

However, in this statement of Matthew 25:34-36, Jesus shines light on other ministries His children should engage in. All but three of the things Jesus mentions are physical ministries. One of the three is, “I was a stranger and you took me in,” is both physical and emotional. Two are emotional ministries—I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me..

 

Where does one get his motivation for such servant-type ministries? It is from the love of God that fills our hearts when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

On several occasions, Jesus stated that greatness in the Kingdom of God is when one becomes the servant of others. When we receive the filling of the Holy Spirit, we are on our way to ministries spiritual, emotional and physical and to greatness in the eyes of God.