CANDLE LIGHT READING
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 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 foundation of the world. 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, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
HOW WE CAN BE JESUS NOW: Care For All
Jesus will know you care for him when you care for others. There is a difference between the people of God and the people of the world. As a shepherd must separate sheep and goats, so too Jesus will separate the people of God from the people of the world, and the most telling distinction will be whether you cared for others.
When Jesus died and rose again he did so for every single person. He offered to every person a well that would never run dry. He offered to every person a hope that would never die. He made every single person equal by reminding us that we all fall short of the glory of God and are in need of saving. In Christ, we discover his humility, and should be brought to our own.
Are you meeting the needs of those around you? Are you actively inconveniencing yourself for the sake of those around you? Has life become a means of supplying your own desires, or for caring for others? May this Advent season be an encouragement as we seek to be a help to others. When Jesus comes, may we be people distinguished by how we cared for others.