Gregory of Nazianzus lived in the 300’s A.D. Respected for his godliness and wisdom, he was a theologian and Archbishop of Constantinople. He tells of learning from his father about giving to needy people.
His father told him not to worry that he might give to some people who did not deserve it. It is far more important, his father said, to fear that we will _not_ give to someone who _does_ deserve it. Gregory’s father used his resources to live out this truth.
This reminded me that when Jesus comes in his glory at the Judgment, he will say to some:
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.” Because they had cared for him when he was needy.
But these people will be puzzled: When did they care for Jesus?
“When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (Matthew 25:22-40 NLT)
Coffee/tea thought: Ponder for a moment Jesus’ teaching that when we give to someone in need, we are actually giving to _Jesus_. How will this effect my feelings about giving to needy people?
September 13th, 2018
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