THE LORD’S GOOD WORK
Read Matthew 25: 31-46
Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse
those who wish to borrow from you.
One day as I was leaving the grocery store, a man recog-
nized me from my teaching days. He introduced himself and
asked if I could give him a lift to a nearby gas station. On the
drive he told me about his broken truck and that he needed
to borrow a little money to tow it to his buddy’s shop, where it
would be fixed for free. Upon arrival, he asked to borrow just
a bit more money for gas. I
thought, Why does he need
gas for a broken truck?
This man had asked for
a ride, money, and finally
more money. I said a silent
prayer and gave him more than he asked for. He thanked me
profusely and promised to pay me back with interest. As I
drove off, I felt I had been conned.
Not until I prayed out loud, “Lord, help that money to do
good,” did I feel better about the situation. It didn’t matter
whether he was telling the truth about the truck. One of God’s
children was trying desperately to make it in the world — and
he had asked me for help.
I have come to understand that helping someone and then
expecting something in return is doing business, not showing
God’s love. I pray that my act of compassion did what it was
meant to do: the Lord’s good work.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us overcome our harsh judgment
of others, and show us how to help when you call us to give
assistance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Will Pepper (Mississippi)
Prayer Focus: TO SHOW COMPASSION, NOT JUDGMEN T
— Matthew 5: 42 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
Showing God’s love through
acts of compassion is
its own reward.