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Roll Down The Window

Posted: Monday, February 8

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 28:1-43
Matthew 25:31-26:13
Psalm 31:9-18
Proverbs 8:12-13 

 

Verse of the day:

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)


I was in the passenger seat while a co-worker was driving.  We stopped at a busy downtown intersection.  A person who appeared to be homeless held a cardboard sign and stood in the median.  While I avoided eye contact, my co-worker rolled down SUV window, gave the person a few dollars and said, “God bless you.”

 

 

I ignored.  My worker showed compassion.

 

 

That was a convicting moment.

 

 

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

 

 

We are accountable for how we treat people.  All people. 

 

 

More recently, I visited a pastor friend in Mexico.  We were in the parking lot of a shopping center when my friend started a conversation with a man offering various auto cleaning services as people got out of their cars.  We came to find that the man was down on his luck.  My friend blessed the man by purchasing a service for his minivan.

 

 

My friend asked, “in case I need another service, can I find you here in this lot?”

 

 

“Yes,” the man answered.

 

 

“On Sundays, you can find me at the church down the street,” my friend said.  “I would love for you to join us.”

 

 

Where many would have simply ignored and dismissed a person on the margins of society, my friend showed the service worker that he has value in God’s eyes.

 

 

Jesus specifically instructs us to feed the hungry, give the thirsty something to drink, invite strangers inside, provide clothes for those in need, care for the sick and visit prisoners (Matthew 25:25-36).

 

 

These acts of compassion require us to take the focus off ourselves and deliberately invest in others, even when culture says they are not worth our time.

 

 

God, help us to see people as you see them.  Give us wisdom through the Holy Spirit when we are approached by someone in need.  May we serve You by serving and blessing others, even when it makes us uncomfortable.