Matthew West is coming to town again on April 25th – https://www.facebook.com/events/748643355154590/ on his Acoustic Tour and if you have read some of my blogs – you will know that my wife and I have really enjoyed his song “Do Something” since we heard it last October. Shawn has been preaching from Matthew this year and the last couple of weeks has tweaked my thoughts on what does it mean to “Do Something”. Well in the following scripture – it may be just being aware of the people around you and meeting their needs.
Matthew 25:34-40 34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. 36 I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then the people who have God’s approval will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’
But now in Chapter 26th – it changes just a little and that we must not forget to worship Jesus– he must be our #1 priority as to why we serve.
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
***Lessons of Mary’s Life: *The busyness of serving God can become a barrier to knowing him personally **Small acts of obedience and service have widespread affects.
This last part of Lessons of Mary’s life that I got from my study Bible really kind of hit the spot for me…. We must be going forward in the act of “Doing Something” it is part of the obedience that Christ requires from us and we must be aware of the people around us in helping them with their needs. But at the same time we need to be extremely careful that we do not get so caught up in serving others that we forget the most important part of “Doing Something”. Our relationship with Jesus is our #1 priority and we must be continually working on getting to know him in a much deeper way.
So as I go forward this week – my prayer will be that I do not forget to make Jesus my #1 Priority – And at the same time as the song says – I must “Do Something”.
**Remember they must see Jesus in us as he is working through us…