Note from Pastor Doug
A friend of mine graduated from seminary many years ago. As he finished up his studies and was about to enter his ministry, he approached one of his professors and asked "Do you have any advice for me as I leave and enter into the work?" His professor looked at him and said "Yes." As my friend waited to see what his professor would say next, his professor looked at him and said . . . “Do something!”
I saw a video not long ago about a man stuck in a refugee camp. He was upset and begin asking “Why am I here? What did I do to deserve this? Why isn’t anybody helping me?” As he kept talking he became more and more agitated and by the end of the video he was screaming at the camera in frustration with tears streaming down his face.
As I watched that video I said out loud “I cannot do nothing.”
At the great day that is coming, when Jesus shall return in the clouds, he will separate the people that live on the earth. To the group on the right he will say
“'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 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; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'… - Matt 25:34-36
The people who he says this to apparently don’t have any idea of what Jesus is talking about. Because they say to Him:
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matt 25:37-40
I don’t know what difference I can make. I don’t know if what I do will amount to a hill of beans. But I know this. I am going to
do . . . something.