Today’s Scripture: Matthew 25
This week we started a new series at CedarCreek called Refreshed. The series verse is Philippians 1:6, which says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
This verse correlates in many ways to the last section of Matthew 25, our reading for today.
Philippians 1:6 ends with “on the day when Christ Jesus returns” and Matthew 25:31 starts with “when the Son of Man comes in his glory.” When your focus is on when Jesus returns, when your focus is on Jesus himself, it keeps things in perspective, and as we heard this weekend, Perspective drives refreshment.
At CedarCreek, we believe that God has a vision for each person’s life. A vision to: Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference. A focus on Jesus drives all four of these areas. Making a difference is the important message given in Matthew 25: 35-40.
Jesus explains, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me” (vs. 35-36).
Those with him replied, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?” (vs. 37-39).
And Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (vs. 40).
What we do in this life matters. We were created to make a difference. We may think we’re too busy or that we don’t know where to get started, but we are each given the same 24 hours in a day, and our church has many avenues available to help us get plugged-in to make a difference. Helping and serving others—feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, showing hospitality, giving clothing to someone in need, visiting or caring for someone who is sick, or reaching out to someone in prison (SHOUT OUT TO TCI)—IS spiritually refreshing and keeps our own lives in perspective. We were made for this!
And I, like Paul, am CERTAIN “that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished” (Philippians 1:6).
Where is your focus? Is it consumed with the day-to-day of THIS life? What can you do to focus on the one who truly matters?
Attend Growth Track. This four-week class will help you Know God, Find Freedom, and Discover your Purpose. This will then equip you to Make a Difference. Pray for opportunities to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus. Plan on joining a “Serve Day” team on July 20th. Step out by faith into your purpose.
Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see and ears to hear where you would have us serve. Open unexpected doors to serve you and others. Help us to walk in the good work and purpose you’ve created for us. Use us to make a difference and to help others. May we keep things in perspective with you as our focus and be refreshed as we walk in the opportunities that you have created for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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