In Matthew 25, The Lord is encouraging his followers that they will inherit the kingdom. He says when they get to heaven, He will invite them in because they had been so good to him. They had clothed, fed, and given him drink. They had visited him in his time of sickness and imprisonment. He explains that the righteous will say, “When did we do these things?” He answers, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
I just want to thank the Lord for all He does for us through his people. Caring for those in the ministry, I believe, is a ministry all its own. The ministry can be a lonely and discouraging profession, but the Lord can use faithful followers to encourage His Kingdom workers. In our recent newsletter, Paul said, “We do not take lightly when someone writes us a check or changes our oil.” We don’t! We know anything anyone does for us is a sacrifice, and we are so grateful. It is extremely encouraging to see lovers of Christ loving us just because He does! And I absolutely love knowing that as these people take care of “the least of these” a.k.a. inexperienced missionaries on deputation, they are doing it to the Lord! And because they did, the Lord will bless them abundantly.
Sometimes I feel guilty for all that is done for us. Thankful, yes, but guilty. We don’t deserve anything that has been done, and we know that people often set aside their personal needs at hand to meet our needs on the road. We are humble servants trying to accomplish the task He has set before us. We can’t do it without the prayer, financial support, and uplifting encouragement from His church! I encourage the “senders” to continue to be faithful to support and encourage those in the ministry, the “goers.” You never know how far your small acts of sacrifice can go and how many lives they can touch! Little is much in the hand of the Lord!
So, thank you, and you, and you, and you! And most importantly, YOU, Jesus.