Corona Virus Devotions Week 27

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our Teachers and School Administrators…
Covid-19 Numbers are Actually People…
Pray for the Staff and Residents of 7 Lakes ALH…
All Our Brothers and Sisters in the Path of Isaias,
Lord Have Mercy…
Blessings on All Returning Students…
Especially all the College Students…
Pray for Those in Danger from Wild Fires…
Pray for Those in Danger from Hurricanes…
Consider your Offering of Time, Talent, and Treasure…
Who Will You Invite to Zoom Homecoming, Sept. 27th…
It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day!!!…

Y’all, If we want to survive this,
and see an end to this pandemic,
we must choose selflessness over selfishness,
and recognize how inextricably bound
we are to one another.
Reverend Alex Zuber,
Pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church

Scripture
Matthew 25:31-46

…for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me…
as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family,
you did it to me.

In this scripture Jesus offers a panoramic view of the kind of world he longs to see, the kind of world that will bring glory to God. However, we would miss the point completely if we were to read this as a list of rules to follow. Jesus wants us to be people who don’t need a list of rules but the sort of folks who do these things naturally without even stopping to think.

This will take effort. But, not effort spurred on by adhering to rules but an almost seamless effort that just comes as second nature to those who worship God by hearing God’s word and feasting at God’s table.

Of course people of many traditions and beliefs are kind to outcasts, visit prisoners, feed the hungry, but Jesus says that it should be noticeable that those who participate in these activities on a regular basis and do so automatically are people who week by week worship the God know through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

And, that is exactly how the Christian faith spread in the early years of the church. People saw Christians behaving with kindness and compassion and wanted to know why. The world was full of people who didn’t help, didn’t notice the hungry, didn’t want to bother with the weak and vulnerable. The Christians were modeling a new way of being human and it was then, and even today remains, compelling.

Matthew is highlighting here the fact that Jesus intended his followers to be utterly different people who reflected God and God’s love in a whole new way to a hurting world.

Meditation

In this time of silence and meditation ask yourself why you feel compelled to offer kindness to those in need. Why would you feel you should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, welcome the stranger? Is it to bring attention to yourself? Is it to make yourself look good in the eyes of others? Is it to build your self-esteem? Or, is it to bring glory to God? And, when you offer these kindnesses do you do so out of a sense of obligation or is it because your heart is overflowing with the love of God?

Closing Prayer

Gracious Lord, as we look to your future, fill us with your love, so that we may gladly serve you by serving those in need around us. Amen.

As you complete your time of meditation and prayer Tamara invites you to reflect on the words of this song…

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul