OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 3
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 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.’ …“And the King will say, ‘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!’” Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11 (NIV)
THREE WAYS TO SHOW I CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED
1. REFUSE __________________________________________________________________.
“It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor – what a blessing.” Proverbs 14:21 (Msg)
“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” Luke 5:12-13 (NLT)
2. ASK _______________________________________________________________________.
“Give to those who ask and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” Matthew 5:42 (NLT)
3. FOCUS ____________________________________________________________________.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT)
“I assure you when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)