For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. ~Matthew 25:35-36
One of the guys invited me to join him on a sermon series about Ruth and I just got through the second of six. It is amazing and drove home so much of what has been happening in my life lately and on my heart. I’m currently a student in the medical field and the above passage has been my heartbeat. I feel called to the field because I believe it is how God wants me to “visit the sick.”
The sermon spoke about people who not only pray for the needs of others, but heed the voice of God and become the hands of feet of Christ by helping answer the prayer. As I wrote about in a previous post, God recently had me do just that! There are days when we don’t know where the next meal will come from and there are days where we’ve just bought a shiny new car off the lot, but in all the ups and downs in our life, we need to recognize as Job did that, “naked came I into this world and naked will I return, blessed be the name of the Lord.” And so all that we are and have is His and therefore we should freely give of ourselves, our time, and even our things to those who are in need. In doing so, we are doing them unto Christ. We need to, even when we’re not 100% sure where the money is coming from, even if we don’t know how we’ll find the time in the day to do it, go out on a limb and have faith that if God tells us how to bless another, to just do it!
As Boaz was so freely generous to Ruth, a mere stranger, let us also be freely generous to those we don’t know in our lives. The preaching on how Boaz went above and beyond for this poor widow with an elderly mother-in-law that she was trying to help support reminded me of how Rebekah went above and beyond for Eleazar. Let us seek to be more excellent with God’s grace and help in all that we do. Let us be known for our care, concern, and generosity. Remember that, although this should not be the reason for going the extra mile, that both Rebekah and Boaz were mightily blessed for their acts of generosity.
I pray right now that You touch those who are reading this post. Whether it is the day it is posted or years down the line, I pray that this message is for them the day they read it! I pray they learn to open their hearts, schedules, and even wallets if that’s what You ask of them so that they can be freely used by You- trusting and believing that You are faithful to those who obey Your calling. I pray that they worship You with their lives by their generosity of time, effort, and finances. Pour out a blessing on those who realize that You reward those who love and obey Your leading. Help me to not only write these words, but to live them! Thank You Jesus for all that You have done and will do in my life. I love You Jesus.