“A Child of God”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, February 26, 2022 comes to us from Harold Lemley of Georgia.

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, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 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? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-40 NIV

 

“A Child of God”

My wife, my grandson, and I had been shopping and were about to leave for home. Nearby, an older man was waving a sign that read, “Navy Vet, Will dance for food.” I intended to ignore him and drive on, but my 16-year-old grandson stopped me. He said, “Papa, that man is hungry, and we need to buy him lunch.”


I sometimes disregard people holding similar signs because I question their sincerity. At my grandson’s statement, I remembered the reading from above from Matthew. It did not matter if the man was a veteran, or willing to dance, or even if his need was sincere. He was a child of God who was hungry. We purchased lunch for the man who blessed us as he received the food. As I received his blessing, I knew that I had learned a valuable lesson.

 

Friends –

Not only is this devotional reflection a reminder that whenever we provide for others, we are providing for Jesus. It is also a reminder that those of us who have reached adulthood can often learn a lot from the young ones among us, whether they are in our families or our congregation or our neighborhood. The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kevin Smalls states it this way: “If you have young adults in the room pushing for change to the point of your discomfort, you have your church’s future secured. “Let them lead.”

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

O God, forgive us when we dismiss the needs of others. Thank you for the people who remind us to offer what we can to help those in need. Amen.

--Harold Lemley


Prayer Focus:

Veterans


Thought for the Day:

When I feed the hungry, I am feeding Jesus