Many times, if I am not careful, I become so consumed with "life" and family...I get too comfortable. Too at ease with sitting on the sidelines, letting others do the work. When new people come into our church, before, I felt it was someone else's job to greet them. It was not in me to do so. I was too comfortable and at ease with sitting and not doing. I don't believe my woman in Proverbs was like that. She did not taste the bread of idleness. She was diligent in family and in the mission field. She was tender hearted and kind to the poor and needy. Needy seems a hard word to swallow, but we all are at some points in our lives. I imagine her with the holy boldness that I desire to have. To eagerly share Gods love to anyone around her. To be very proactive in church ministry and on the streets. We must be always on the edge of our seats, eager to stand up and welcome anyone around us. To not sit idle and be too comfortable. We have a calling. I feel God speaking to my heart daily to say something. There are times I fight it, questioning His voice. "God, surely not. Not me. Someone else...they don't want to hear about You..they will think I am crazy."
But, when I listen, I cannot tell you how much the glory of God grows inside you. You become so much more blessed to know you just got to share how awesome God is. You walk around with a big smile on your face. Just like soup kitchen in my church. Many times I would rather be home, after a morning at church..and a week of chaos. But I go. Why? Because God is nudging me to go. Go and share My love with them. What better way to do it then on My day. The day of rest, Sabbath, should not be literally just a day of rest, but also a day to do all we can for others. I imagine my Proverbs woman would have eagerly stood up and done so. She did after all, take care of the poor and needy. It wasn't a sit down and let others do it.. For if we do, we become idle. We become too comfortable. To let others do it is a shame.. For it isn't what God has asked of us. In His word He says it is our job, our duty, to take care of others around us. To welcome strangers into our lives and share His love, even out of our comfort zone. So..what can you do today or this week to share Gods love even when it's not comfortable?
31 “The Son of Man will come again with divine greatness, and all his angels will come with him. He will sit as king on his great and glorious throne. 32 All the people of the world will be gathered before him. Then he will separate everyone into two groups. It will be like a shepherd separating his sheep from his goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the king will say to the godly people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has great blessings for you. The kingdom he promised is now yours. It has been prepared for you since the world was made. 35 It is yours because when I was hungry, you gave me food to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you welcomed me into your home. 36 When I was without clothes, you gave me something to wear. When I was sick, you cared for me. When I was in prison, you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the godly people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you with no place to stay and welcome you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’
40 “Then the king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here,you also did for me.’
41 “Then the king will say to the evil people on his left, ‘Get away from me. God has already decided that you will be punished. Go into the fire that burns forever—the fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 You must go away because when I was hungry, you gave me nothing to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me nothing to drink. 43 When I had no place to stay, you did not welcome me into your home. When I was without clothes, you gave me nothing to wear. When I was sick and in prison, you did not care for me.’
44 “Then those people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty? When did we see you without a place to stay? Or when did we see you without clothes or sick or in prison? When did we see any of this and not help you?’
45 “The king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.’
46 “Then these evil people will go away to be punished forever. But the godly people will go and enjoy eternal life.”