“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…” — Matthew 25:35
This past winter at church we celebrated Hope Day in Paterson, N.J. It was an amazing night. We had Santa there, gifts, toys and my speciality for the evening, the Cookie Decorating Room. It was organized chaos. We had icing, sprinkles and frosting all over the place. At the end of the night, a mother in the back of the room asked me if she could have this last cookie sitting on the table. I, of course, told her she could. What she said next changed everything: “Son, you know this is going to be our dinner for tonight.”
How often do we have plans to serve and give with one focus in mind? I had full intentions to help kids decorate cookies, not serve a mother and son a meal. But do you ever notice God does this when we are willing to say “yes” to him? He takes a simple and menial task and turns it into something with so much more meaning.
Let’s be more aware not of what we are doing, but rather what God can do with it. Every conversation matters to Him. Each time you shine your light on another, don’t measure what you think they received but be expectant that God will move in a powerful way. His ways and thoughts are far greater than anything we can understand.
Those moments we feed someone, provide drinks to them or welcome them, let’s not minimize what we did but emphasize the heart in which we gave. What we give of ourselves to Him, He will surely increase to bring glory and honor to His Kingdom. It just requires us to go and do. Let our answer always be “yes!”
Don’t slow down.
— Erik Olson, Pass the Rock Ministries founder
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