16 day plan

Caring for the Last, Least and Lost

Day 13 of 16

Matthew 25:35-36

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 took me in; 36I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.’

Reflections:  This is a great practical list for giving: Giving food, drink, inviting strangers, giving clothes, visiting the sick and the imprisoned. Some people say to me, I don’t know what God has called me to do. I always say, God has already spoken to us in his Word. This is a list of what he’s commanded all of us to do. He’s also commanded us in Matthew 28 to preach the gospel to all creation. These two things go hand in hand. William Booth, who started the Salvation Army, followed the mission: “Soup, Soap and salvation.” What a simple mission! Who can you care for practically today? Don’t just care for their physical needs, share the gospel with them as well!

Prayers:  Lord Jesus, send me to the poor, give me boldness to not just care for the physical, but the spiritual as well. Give me the right words to say, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Matthew 25:1-46

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil with them; 4but the wise ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. 5When the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6“In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’

7“Then all the virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’

9“The wise ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell oil, and buy some for yourselves.’

10“When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. 11Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open up for us!’

12“He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you!’

13“Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Talents

14“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately 16the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17In the same way the man with two earned two more. 18But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

19“After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I’ve earned five more talents.’

21“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’

22“The man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I’ve earned two more talents.’

23“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’

24“The man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

26“His master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest when I returned.

28“‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Sheep and the Goats

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

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 took me in; 36I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited 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? 38When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?’

40“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41“Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger and you didn’t take me in; I was naked and you didn’t clothe me, sick and in prison and you didn’t take care of me.’

44“Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help you?’

45“Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”