Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-21
Take a deep breath and pause for a moment for a sober reflection. Then ask yourself some vital questions. Where do I store up my riches? Here on earth or up there in heaven? It might be hard for us to give a perfect answer to this question. But Jesus puts us in a very clear picture of things.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus has this to say, “When the Son of man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the righteous people on his right and the others on his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the Kingdom, which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I w as a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me! The righteous will then answer him, ‘when Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our home or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you? The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you, did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me!’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to eternal fire, which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your house, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ Then they will answer him, ‘when, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and would not help you? ‘The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’ These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”
Let us not take for granted the revelations of the Lord. We should not assume that we are doing all that the Lord requires of us to do. One thing we should continually do is to ask of the Lord for the grace to do what he requires of us to do, then we must strive with the grace of God made available to us to store up our riches in heaven. That hungry brother, the thirsty Sister, the naked neigbour, the sick and the prisoner constitute your bank account through which you can pay in your money, kindness and visit. For when you do this, you do it to the Lord!
- Thank God for His loving kindness for given you a new day.
- Lord, I cannot deny being selfish.
Even though I love you, yet my love for my fellow man is yet to be perfect.
Your wisdom tells me that I cannot love you that 1 do not see when 1 cannot love my fellow man. I pray today, dear Lord, give me the grace to love as you love all your children in Jesus name. Amen.
- Lord, make me instrument for use, where there is hunger, let me give food, where thirst let me give water, where there is pain, consolation, where there is loss of hope, let me give encouragement. Use me to touch lives that have been abandoned as you used Mother Teresa.
- Pray with Psalm 41 meditatively.
Exercise: Today seek a way that you must be a blessing to someone either by given arm or word of prayer or encouragement.
Memory verse: Psalm 41:1