Hi folks! Everyone had a good day down here! Hope you all had the same! The highlight of the day, of course, was the fact that we all got to enjoy worshipping the Lord at Christ Fellowship! John Maxwell shared a great message with us tonight, with Pastor Shaun "hosting" him! We were taught that in order to make our lives have value and worth, we have to intentionally make the decision to add value and worth to ALL those with whom we come into contact! Not all BUT a couple of people, but all of them! Jesus didn't pick and choose who He was going to be nice to, but instead, added value to everyone's life! And when we do add value to those who are hungry, or thirsty, or homeless, Jesus tells us that it is as if we are being that way to Him! It would be quite the motivational tool for us all if we could encourage ourselves to do good things as if we were doing them for the Lord!
35 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, 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.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' ( Matthew 25:35-40).
John Maxwell dwelled on the fact that we need to look at the "big picture", and spend our days intentionally adding value to others, which, in turn, Jesus tells us is just like doing it for Him! So do you really want to know what would Jesus do (WWJD)? The fact that the world has taught us all to "have an agenda" when we do things for others, ( it's a far cry from unconditional love), makes it extremely hard to transition into being nice to everybody! Just the fact that we get to make the choice to add value to each person's life that we encounter, empowers us with the ability to draw closer and be more like Jesus! The ball is in our court! I know what I'm going to try to do! Goodnight and God bless you all! Dana