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November 15th, 2015

To the Least of These

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

The Kingdom of God is about overcoming every effect of sinfulness in the world. The work of Christ overcomes spiritual death, of course, but in so doing it also brings about the restoration of all things physical, repairing relationships, poverty, sickness, among other various effects of depravity. This restorative work is the responsibility of the Church, as we continue the ministry of Jesus. We are to be concerned with the least of these, caring for the oppressed, imprisoned, poor, and sick. We do this not as a means to gain God’s favor or earn His grace but rather because we already have these things. This kind of heart for the less fortunate is characteristic of those who have been overcome by the gospel because of how Jesus cared for us. We were spiritually sick and poor; we were oppressed and imprisoned. Jesus, seeing us in this state, did not abandon us but rather in His mercy came to help us. His sheep will do the same.

Are you burdened by the less fortunate? Are you striving to overcome the effects of sin by building the Kingdom of God? Are you warring against poverty and oppression? Are you championing the less fortunate? These are not just things we do as humans who have empathy for other humans. No, we fight these battles because they are the battles Jesus fought. He healed the sick and helped the oppressed, and we must as well. The gospel is about the work of Christ, yes, but it is also about the restorative effects of that work. Today, rejoice in how you have been restored and work to bring about that restoration around you.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Kingdom, Matthew, Restoration.
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November 15th, 2012

To the Least of These

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

The Kingdom of God is about overcoming every effect of sinfulness in the world. The work of Christ overcomes spiritual death, of course, but in so doing it also brings about the restoration of all things physical, repairing relationships, poverty, sickness, among other various effects of depravity. This restorative work is the responsibility of the Church, as we continue the ministry of Jesus. We are to be concerned with the least of these, caring for the oppressed, imprisoned, poor, and sick. We do this not as a means to gain God’s favor or earn His grace but rather because we already have these things. This kind of heart for the less fortunate is characteristic of those who have been overcome by the gospel because of how Jesus cared for us. We were spiritually sick and poor; we were oppressed and imprisoned. Jesus, seeing us in this state, did not abandon us but rather in His mercy came to help us. His sheep will do the same.

Are you burdened by the less fortunate? Are you striving to overcome the effects of sin by building the Kingdom of God? Are you warring against poverty and oppression? Are you championing the less fortunate? These are not just things we do as humans who have empathy for other humans. No, we fight these battles because they are the battles Jesus fought. He healed the sick and helped the oppressed, and we must as well. The gospel is about the work of Christ, yes, but it is also about the restorative effects of that work. Today, rejoice in how you have been restored and work to bring about that restoration around you.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 312: Matthew 25)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Kingdom, Matthew, Restoration.
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