Matthew 25:35-40 (RSV)
35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’
40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
This passage is one of many contained in the Gospels that lead a true follower of Christ to become involved in true service to the world around them towards other followers of Christ first, and then to others for God loves all people.
These followers of Christ do not do these things to become saved, but because they are saved, and have been made citizens of the Kingdom of God.
As a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we should be sensitive to what our heart is speaking to us as the spirit of the Lord prompts and gives us the desire of our heart.
in the first chapter of Hebrews it sates that God spoke by way of the prophets in the past but now to-day He speaks to us in His dear Son.
Christ as our High Priest is the interface between man and God, and God speaks to us from heaven through His Dear Son.
It is only when our desires and actions line up with what the the spirit of Christ speaks to our hearts, that we are doing the Will of God in that specific time and place.
In what is commonly called the” Lord’s Prayer” we find a model of a Kingdom of God prayer in which Christ taught His disciples “how” to pray and not “what” to pray.
Jesus Christ directs us to face heaven and pray to our heavenly Father and to give Him all honor, glory and praise. He teaches us to pray for God’s Will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and to forgive others who have trespassed against us.
Christ also teaches us to ask the Father for our daily bread. What does this mean? Is it that only our physical need for sustenance is met daily? No! It is much more than this. It is also that our daily nutritional needs be met by the words that proceed out of the mouth of God into our heart!
When tempted by the Devil Jesus was challenged to command that these stones be made into bread. I’m sure He was quite hungry after fasting for forty days and nights, but The Lord’s response to this was, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!
A true follower of Christ hungers and thirsts for righteousness to be done, in their lives, and also in the world around them. They seek peace because they are peacemakers by doing God’s Will in any given situation as they are led by the spirit of God. Followers of Christ are willing to suffer persecution because of the Kingdom’s sake and for their sharing of the Gospel of the Kingdom, and these followers of Christ thrive in the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:16-18 (RSV)
16 So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
17 he who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
It is my contention that only true followers of Christ who have been truly saved have any desire at all to live in this manner. True followers of Christ desire to live each day as outlets for God’s love releasing into the world, in their specific spheres of influence, God’s Will
Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”