A Hand Out Changed My Life

A Hand out Changed my Life
Matthew 25.34-40 (Message Bible)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

What do you think when you see a man/woman with a cardboard sig asking for help?
Have you heard the term “social justice” before? If so, what does it mean to you?
What do you think when you hear the word hand out?
Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world” people have interpreted this to mean that His Kingdom is not in this world that it is in heaven. But if that be the case then why did Jesus say:
You are the light of the world? Matthew 5.14
You are the salt of the earth? Matthew 5.13
I send them into the world? (John 17.15-18)
Does this sound like His Kingdom is in heaven only? “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Destination theology has limited the perception of many believers. We are looking to heaven while we forget about the earth. God has placed us here for a purpose—to expand His kingdom. To be an influence. To make a difference. A difference where? Anywhere and everywhere!

We are not only here to reach souls, but to touch and influence lives as well. These two things cannot be separated from one another for the both are part of our walk of faith.
Here are the principles by which men will be judged: treatment of those who are hungry, homeless, poor, diseased and imprisoned. Social justice is woven into the fabric of our relationship with the Lord.

Proverbs 19.17— “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given” (NKJV)

Jesus equated our treatment of the less fortunate with our treatment of Him. What we do for the poor and needy we do to him. What good is teaching the good news if we do nothing to better the lives of the poor and needy?when we fail to implement social justice we fail to properly value others. This decreases our own merit in the eyes of the Lord and invites his condemnation.

James 2:16—”and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (NKJV)

We all are part of God’s family because of a hand out—Jesus opened up His hand and allowed nails to be driven into them. That pain he felt and that blood He spilled was for each of us. I believe he expects us to share that hand out with the world.

*What role should your local church play in helping the needy?
*What part do you play in making it happen?
*What can you, as part of a group, do to help bring social justice to our world?
*What local, national, or international project can you partner with to help those in needy?

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~ by DanielToops.com on February 23, 2011.

One Response to “A Hand Out Changed My Life”

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