Mat 25:35 ‘For 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 invited Me in;
Mat 25:36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
Mat 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
Mat 25:38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
Mat 25:39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
Mat 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Mat 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
Mat 25:42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
Mat 25:44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
Mat 25:45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
Mat 25:46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
These scriptures seem like a little gospel of works. Normally we have a gospel of believing in Jesus or faith. If you do these things you inherit the kingdom of the Father. If you don’t do them you get eternal fire. Thats what my Bible says. So it is reward or punishment for doing or not doing these things.
It could be a matter of finding opportunities. If you don’t have opportunities then you could make some. Its possible you might start a ministry to feed the hungry. Thats what Pastor Jim did here. If you are able you can cook some food and give it to some hungry people. They are everywhere, everyday. Some people give some of their commodities that they don’t need to us. You might want to volunteer at the hospital or start a homeless shelter with the help of the government.
But on a smaller scale have somebody over for dinner that is having a hard time financially. Give away a case of cold water on a hot summer day on the street. Visit a friend who is sick with a cold or someone you know in jail. That is a favorite of mine. Many things you can do that seem to totally bypass religion. But remember this is what divided the sheep and goats, the righteous and accursed at the end of their lives. These things you might say are what righteous people will do. Doesn’t it seem like this? But do it in Jesus Name.
There are other ways to be rewarded: Faith- believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved; coupled with enduring to the end and you will be in heaven. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He will make your path straight. Trust in the Lord. These are the most common ones.
Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it- both in a spiritual sense and a real sense. Works will get you rewarded. Spiritual qualities can get you rewarded- like trust in the Lord. In this day when trusting people is so hard it is a real challenge to trust a God you can’t see for tangible items like food. Its not impossible though. It’s just the work of a relationship. So cultivate your spiritual qualities like love , trust, and hope to make your life full and a blessing.