Matthew 24:12, And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Matthew 25:35-40, 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. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
While reading these passages this morning, two interrelated thoughts came to my mind:
- When sin and selfishness are left unchecked in our society and our lives, it won’t be long before our hearts become calloused and cold, and our love for God, as well as our love for others begins to grow cold.
- How we treat the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the marginalized, “around the corner” and “around the world” reveals much about us, and our love for Christ!
As I mentioned yesterday, Christ’s commands for us, as found in the Bible, coupled with the depth of poverty—both physical and spiritual—“around the corner” and “around the world,” along with the reality of the abundance in our lives and churches, have huge implications for us to ponder during this Thanksgiving season!