Friday: 2nd November, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 25:31-46
Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
From the words of Jesus today, two words stand out in the text: ‘when’ and ‘see’. Both those standing to the right and left after the ‘sorting’ mentioned in the Gospel, asked the very same question: ‘Lord, WHEN did we SEE you naked, hungry and thirsty; and responded or did not respond- depending on which side of the line they stood.
If we choose to shine the spotlight on both sets of people, regardless of the fact that those considered righteous did good, the obvious inference is that there was never a time when they saw God in any other person. It seemed as though both groups of people were expecting to see a man who looked about 2000 years old, with white hair and a long beard alongside a heavy duty voice, before they realised ‘yeah, that is God! Let me do good’
The realisation they came to was ‘we didn’t notice you so we may have done good without knowing or missed an opportunity to. Beloved, the opportunity to do deeds will hardly ever be heralded by trumpets, or be announced on rooftops. Let us therefore not miss out on the opportunities to do good because we are looking out for a specific appearance or circumstance before doing so.
Remember # just do all the good you can when you can.