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.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40 NKJV)
Here we go! Our first opportunity in this passage: I was hungry and you gave me food. Ok let’s face it most of us don’t know what it is like to be hungry. In our house, it would be extremely rare to go to the fridge and not find food for several meals- not to mention the freezer or pantry where we could most likely feed a small army for a month. This makes it easy to forget how many go hungry. According to Feeding America, one in six Americans does not have enough to eat 1 in 6! I!f you break that down to just children it is one in five. Take a look at your hand, if your fingers were children one of them would be going hungry. That is just in America! The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said in 2010 “925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined.” That is truly more than my wee brain can comprehend. So here is your challenge this week – become involved some way in satisfying our worldwide hunger issue. Remember as much as we possibly can, let’s make this a Going Opportunity. Need some ideas? How about working at a local soup kitchen or packing meals for Feed My Starving Children. Maybe, take it to the next level and ask around and find out who are friends of your friends that are struggling financially and take them a bag of food. If you attend Edinbrook Church, look up Ken Dean and go out with him to feed people right in our city that need a good meal. At the very least, if you cannot make it a going opportunity make it a sending opportunity, go buy a big bag of groceries and take it to your local food shelf or make a contribution to Converge Worldwide’s world relief Sunday.
If you want to make a wider application, think of the people that you encounter each day that are starving spiritually, how can you reach out and touch their lives? What can you do to feed them?
Now GO! Come back and tell us what you did and the impact it made!