“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“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.’
As we focus on making room for people this week we have shared in dialogue about room for others, room for children, and now room for the poor. Before we begin this discussion of what it means to make room for the poor, we must look at three questions first:
- What does it mean to be poor?
- What does it mean to serve?
- How have you set up your life for success to live a life of service?
As we reflect on these questions and work towards making room for the poor in our lives I think the first step to admit is that our lives are not about us. When we consciously admit that our lives are not about us, it changes the entire way that we live. This changes how we spend our time, how we spend our money, and how we build our relationships with others.
When we discuss making room for the poor, this does not always mean handing money out the window (although sometimes it may). This, in fact, is a total mindset change. This includes making time to listen, making time to share, making time to give, and making time to be in situations that you would not always choose to be in.
As we go throughout the day, let us together admit that our lives are not about ourselves. Write a note. Put in on your phone. Whatever you need to do, let us live into this truth together. It is a powerful statement that has the power to change everything.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
-Wesley Covenant Prayer
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